Five new films will try to challenge Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at the box office this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. And they could beat the boy wizard…if you add all five of their grosses together.
After its incredible $102.3 million debut, the fourth Potter film will easily attract families looking for something to do after Thursday’s feast. Over the five-day weekend, Harry could Fire up another $80 million.
Meanwhile, the long-awaited movie version of the brilliant Broadway musical Rent finally hits theaters, and thanks to its 10-year run on stage, many Rent-heads will likely check it out its first weekend. In a tight battle for second place, Rent could premiere with $28 million.
Also opening is the family comedy Yours, Mine & Ours, starring Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, and countless children. Drawing the same audience that propelled Christmas With the Kranks to a $30.8 million debut, Yours will premiere with around $27 million, followed by Walk the Line, which might earn more in its second weekend than it did in its first. Riding its positive buzz, it could gross another $25 million.
Fifth place could go to Usher’s new movie, In the Mix, which may debut with $15 million, followed by two new comedies: Ryan Reynolds’ Just Friends and The Ice Harvest, starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton, which will premiere with $14 million and $12 million, respectively.