Disney's Tangled, a 3D animated adventure based on the Rapunzel fable, finally has untangled how to get past a certain broomstick-flying wizard to grab the top spot in the daily box-office rankings.
Tangled rang up an estimated $5 million in U.S. and Canadian coin on Friday, while Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 registered $4.8 million.
That suggests similar one-two rankings for the weekend, as the Disney movie should draw slightly better than the Potter picture during Saturday and Sunday matinees.
Hallows: Part 1 bested Tangled in the animated pic's first frame last weekend and boasts $232.3 million in cumulative domestic box office at the start of its third session. Tangled totes an $80.1 million cume through 10 days in release.
The weekend's only new wide release -- Relativity's martial arts Western The Warrior's Way -- bowed way down in ninth place with just $1 million from its first day in theaters. Way may struggle even to reach middle single-digit millions through Sunday.
Sony Screen Gem's dance-filled musical Burlesque and Fox's romantic comedy Love and Other Drugs each copped $2 million Friday in a third place tie at the start of their sophomore sessions in multiplexes, yielding cumes of $22.9 million and $18.9 million, respectively. CBS Films' Dwayne Johnson actioner Faster fetched $1.2 million in eighth place among the daily rankings for a $15.5 million cume through ten days in release.
In a notable platform launch, early signs show a big first weekend in limited release for Fox Searchlight's Natalie Portman starrer Black Swan. The suspense thriller collected $425,872 from just 18 theaters in eight markets in its first day in theaters on Friday.