“Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1” has conquered “Megamind” for the top spot at the box office according to Hollywood.com. In fact, the $125 million opening of the latest installment of the Potter franchise was the highest grossing weekend ever for the boy wizard. “Deathly Hallows” still has its work cut out for it. Even after disposing “Megamind” to number 2 status, the film still has to fight to retain number one over the long Thanksgiving weekend due in no small part to the arrival of “Tangled” on November 24.
While “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows” maintains a somewhat dark and edgy tone due to the characters growing up, “Tangled” is the latest Disney animated film, and will likely score a more kid friendly audience. Since it would all but impossible for Potter to repeat the opening weekend success, families might just be drawn into the web (of hair) Disney is casting. This could prove to be one of the smartest scheduling moves Disney has made in a long time. “Tangled” is an interesting take on the Rapunzel fairy tale, and stars the voices of Zach Levi and Mandy Moore and many other Hollywood favorites.
While the record breaking performance of Potter is noteworthy as the saga continues to heat up even as the final movie in the saga is due to be released in July 2011, the wholesome fun that movies like “Tangled” will present to all ages of movie goers is hard to discount. On the adult movie side the Christina Aguilera and Cher vehicle “Burlesque” will also hit theaters on November 26. This situation puts the gang from Hogwarts under attack from movies that can draw an older and younger audience both on their opening weekend, unlike “Megamind” which had a two week head start.
“Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1” is likely to still come out of its second weekend on top, especially considering reviews have been mostly favorable resulting in positive word of mouth. But the competition for Thanksgiving cinema visitors will be stiff and Harry will need all the magic he can conjure up.