‘Harry Potter’ edges out Rapunzel at box office

* Harry Potter leads box office for second weekend

* Film narrowly beats new Disney cartoon “Tangled”

LOS ANGELES, Nov 28 (BestGrowthStock) – Harry Potter almost got
beaten up by a hairy princess at the weekend box office in
North America on Sunday.

The seventh movie in the boy wizard franchise, “Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” narrowly led the field
for a second weekend, distributor Warner Bros. Pictures said.
The film grossed about $50.3 million across the United States
and Canada during the three days beginning Nov. 26.

Close behind with a better-than-expected $49.1 million was
“Tangled,” a new Walt Disney Co (DIS.N: ) 3D cartoon about the
hirsute princess Rapunzel. Since opening on Wednesday, one day
ahead of the U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday, the fairy tale has
earned $69 million. Pundits had forecast a five-day haul of
about $40 million.

The top 10 boasted three other newcomers, all looking to
capitalize on the holiday period. “Burlesque,” a camp musical
starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, shared the No. 4 spot
with “Unstoppable,” each reporting about $11.8 million for the
three-day period. “Love and Other Drugs,” a romantic comedy
starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, followed at No. 6
with $9.9 million. “Faster,” an action thriller starring Dwayne
“The Rock” Johnson, drove in at No. 7 with $8.7 million.

The rookies also opened on Wednesday, rather than the
traditional Friday. The five-day total for “Burlesque” stands
at $17.2 million, for “Love and Other Drugs” at $14 million,
and for “Faster” at $12.2 million.

The new “Harry Potter” film is off to the strongest start
in the series, having earned $220.4 million since opening Nov.
19. The previous film, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince,” had earned $201 million during the same 10-day span in
July 2009. That film ended up with $302 million domestically,
and Time Warner Inc (TWX.N: )-owned Warner Bros. was similarly
confident the new film would break $300 million.

“Burlesque” was released by Screen Gems, a unit of Sony
Corp (6758.T: ) (SNE.N: ). “Love and Other Drugs” were released by
20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp (NWSA.O: ). “Faster” was
released by CBS Films, a unit of CBS Corp (CBSa.N: ).
(Reporting by Dean Goodman; editing by Doina Chiacu)

‘Harry Potter’ edges out Rapunzel at box office