It was another phenomenal weekend for Warner Bros' Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone across North America. Over Thanksgiving Weekend, the film took a mighty estimated $58.5m from Friday to Sunday and a whopping $83.5m for the five-day period Thursday to Sunday (the official holiday was last Thursday). Those were the best three- and five-day totals for a film over the Thanksgiving period, better than previous record-holder Toy Story 2 in 1999.
In ten days, the film has taken $188.1m although it looks like unlikely to become the fastest movie to cross the $200m barrier. That record is held by Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace which reached the mark in 13 days, and Harry Potter will have to perform well on slow weekdays to top that by end of play Tuesday.
Curiously, despite the success of Potter and the ongoing success of Monsters Inc at number two, the weekend was down nearly 13% from the same weekend in 2000 when Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Unbreakable and 102 Dalmatians ruled the roost.
Holdover Monsters Inc took $24.5m over the three days and $33.1m over the five days to bring its total to $192.8m so far. By next weekend, both it and Harry Potter will have crossed the $200m mark, bringing the total so far to five this year - a record (the others are Shrek, Rush Hour 2 and The Mummy Returns). Shrek grossed $266m - a target which no doubt Buena Vista is looking to beat with Monsters.
Of this week's newcomers - Universal/Beacon's thriller Spy Game, Fox's time travel comedy Black Knight and Disney/Spyglass' comedy Out Cold - only Spy Game delivered up to expectations. The Robert Redford/Brad Pitt starrer took $21.6m over the three days and $30.5m since Wednesday when it opened.
Black Knight, a vehicle for Martin Lawrence, also opened on Wednesday and took $16.1m in the five day period, $11.7m from Friday to Sunday. Worst of all was Out Cold, a critically mauled teen skiing comedy which took $6.9m over the five days and just $4.7m over the weekend.
Next weekend the only potential blockbuster is Fox's military actioner Behind Enemy Lines starring Gene Hackman.
ESTIMATED TOP TEN US NOV 23-25
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimated total to date
1 (1) Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (Warner Bros) Warner Bros $58.5m $188.1m
2 (2) Monsters Inc (Buena Vista) BVI $24.5m $192.8m
3 (-) Spy Game (Universal) Beacon Pictures $21.6m $30.5m
4 (-) Black Knight (20th Century Fox) Fox International $11.7m $16.1m
5 (3) Shallow Hal (20th Century Fox) Fox International $8.9m $55.4m
6 (-) Out Cold (Buena Vista) BVI/Spyglass $4.7m $6.9m
7 (4) Domestic Disturbance (Paramount) Lakeshore International/UIP $4.1m $40m
8 (5) Heist (Warner Bros) Franchise Pictures $3.3m $20.2m
9 (6) The One (Columbia/Revolution) Columbia TriStar/Revolution $2.2m $42m
10 (9) Life As A House (New Line) New Line International $2.1m $12.3m