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Disney's TANGLED Surprises; Cher-Christina Aguilera's BURLESQUE Disappoints

Stanley Tucci, Cher, Burlesque
Stanley Tucci, Cher in Steven Antin's Burlesque

Daniel Radcliffe's HARRY POTTER Tops Global Box Office for Second Weekend

Right on the heels of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was Disney's animated 3D feature Tangled, which brought in an estimated $49.1 million at 3,603 sites in North America as reported at Box Office Mojo.

Thanks to 3D surcharges, Tangled's per-theater weekend average was higher than Harry Potter's: $13,628 vs. $12,205 (at 4,125 locations).

Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, Tangled has scored $69 million since its Wednesday opening — and it's actually expected to top the U.S. and Canada box office today. Tangled's budget lay somewhere between $150-200m.

At a distant no. 3, DreamWorks' animated 3D Megamind, featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Brad Pitt, collected $12.85 million (-19.8 percent). Total: $130.46m. Cost: $130m.

At no. 4, the Cher-Christina Aguilera musical Burlesque earned $11.8 million, averaging a disappointing $3,885 at 3,037 sites. Burlesque's five-day Thanksgiving weekend total was a modest $17.15m.

There's no way Burlesque will be able to recover its reported $60m budget (not including distribution/marketing costs) at the domestic box office.

At no. 5, Tony Scott's Unstoppable, starring Star Trek's Chris Pine and Denzel Washington, collected $11.75 million, down only 9.7 percent from last weekend. It's possible that Burlesque and Unstoppable will reverse positions when box office actuals are released on Monday.

Unstoppable, which cost $100m, has underperformed despite the many good reviews. Total after 17 days: $60.72m.

Compounding matters, Unstoppable hasn't been doing all that great overseas, where it's taken in only $42.92m. That's not surprising, as Denzel Washington's vehicles tend to perform better domestically than abroad and hardly ever pass the $100m milestone internationally (American Gangster was a notable exception).

Photo: Burlesque (Stephen Vaughn / Sony Pictures)

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1 Comment to Disney's TANGLED Surprises; Cher-Christina Aguilera's BURLESQUE Disappoints

  1. tam

    The Unstoppable smells like a flop.




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