UPDATE 1-‘Tangled’ tops slow post-holiday weekend box office

* Post-Thanksgiving period typically slow

* Oscar hopeful “Black Swan” does well in limited release
(Adds more movies; byline)

By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (BestGrowthStock) – Disney animated fairy tale
“Tangled” knocked British boy wizard Harry Potter from the top
of movie box office charts on the weekend, claiming No. 1 with
$21.5 million during a slow weekend in theaters, according to
studio estimates on Sunday.

After two straight weeks at No. 1, “Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows: Part 1” fell to second place, ringing up $16.7
million and pushing its total ticket sales in the United States
and Canada to just over $244 million in three weeks for the
Warner Bros. studio, a unit of Time Warner Inc (TWX.N: ).

Family film “Tangled,” based on the tale of long-haired
Rapunzel who longs to escape from her tower in the forest, has
now raked in more than $96 million in two weeks for The Walt
Disney Co (DIS.N: ).

The only new movie in wide release, action flick “The
Warrior’s Way,” opened a distant ninth with just under $3.1
million for its backers at privately held Relativity Media.

The weekend following the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday is
traditionally a slow period in movie theaters after a crush of
major releases during the preceding weekend.

This year was no exception with total U.S. and Canadian
tickets sales of $88 million, marking the second slowest
weekend of the entire year behind the $81.8 million taken in
during the Sept. 10 weekend, which followed the U.S. Labor Day
holiday, according to figures from Hollywood.com Box Office.

Of the other holdover films in theaters, runaway train
thriller “Unstoppable” with Denzel Washington and musical
“Burlesque,” starring Christina Aguilera and Cher, nearly tied
in the No. 3 and No. 4 rankings with $6.1 million each.

In its second week in theaters, “Burlesque” has sold just
under $27 million worth of tickets for its Sony Screen Gems
studio, a division of Sony Corp’s (6758.T: ), while “Unstoppable”
has taken in roughly $69 million in four weeks for News Corp
(NWSA.O: ) unit 2Oth Century Fox.

Rounding out the top five movies was romance “Love and
Other Drugs,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. It
sold $5.7 million worth of tickets and boosted its total to
$22.6 million in two weeks in theaters for its studio, Fox.

One bright spot was the limited release of Oscar-hopeful
drama “Black Swan,” starring Natalie Portman as a troubled
ballerina. It opened in only eight cities and raked in a $1.4
million for an average of roughly $77,500 per theater. It marks
the best, per-theater debut ever for a film from Fox specialty
division, Fox Searchlight. The movie will expand around the
United States in the weeks ahead.

Another drama looking for Oscar buzz, “The King’s Speech”
took in an average of $54,300 in six locations, pushing its
total box office to just over $800,000 in two weeks in theaters
for privately held Weinstein Co.

By contrast, a major release like “Tangled” played in over
3600 venues for a per-theater average of just under $6000.

(Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Eric Walsh)

UPDATE 1-‘Tangled’ tops slow post-holiday weekend box office