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Dave Karger's only-online report for Thanksgiving weekend: ''Goblet of Fire'' raked in more than $200 million, in only 10 days

PRACTICAL MAGIC Harry Potter and Co. are breaking all kinds of box office records
Image credit: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Murray Close
PRACTICAL MAGIC Harry Potter and Co. are breaking all kinds of box office records

How badly did Harry Potter demolish the competition at the box office this weekend? Well, if you add up the grosses of all five of the Thanksgiving holiday's new wide releases, they still don't match the boy wizard.

Powering through the five-day holiday span, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire earned another $82.6 million, according to studio estimates, bringing its 10-day total to a phenomenal $201.1 million. That makes Goblet the fourth-fastest movie to cross the $200 million mark, behind the two Spider-Man films and Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith. By comparison, the other three Harry Potter films took between 15 and 21 days to reach that benchmark.

Second place for the second week in a row went to the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, which grossed a very strong $27.6 million over the long weekend. After 10 days, the film, which certainly benefitted from positive word-of-mouth, has taken in $54.7 million.

The top performer of the weekend's five new entries was the family-comedy remake Yours, Mine & Ours, starring Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo, which premiered with a decent $24.5 million, followed by the movie version of Rent, which opened with a so-so $18.1 million. Rounding out the top five for the long weekend was Chicken Little with $16.6 million, bringing its total to $118.2 million.

The critically-reviled Ryan Reynolds comedy Just Friends opened just outside the top five with $13.6 million, while the weekend's two other new releases were out-and-out flops. In the Mix, the drama featuring R&B superstar Usher, grossed only $6.2 million in its first five days, while the John Cusack/Billy Bob Thornton dark comedy The Ice Harvest was an audience repellent, opening with a horrible $6.1 million despite some good reviews. Must have been chilly in those half-empty theaters.

Originally posted Nov 27, 2005