Black Swan Shows Oscar Promise, Strong Box Office 1Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis could find themselves in Oscar contention after their dark suspense thriller “Black Swan” was well received in limited release over the weekend, despite, or maybe because of, its racy content.

The results also bode well for serious adult-themed artistic movies. The Darren Aronofsky directed film was released in 18 theaters in eight markets, including New York City and grossed $1.4 million, or $77,459 per venue, according to Reuters.

The figure was a record for a Fox Searchlight film and the studio now has plans to expand the release to 60 locations next weekend.

Roadside Attraction’s “I Love You Phillip Morris,” starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor also did well in limited release in six theaters.
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Both movies have gay love scenes.

The big winner at the box office, however, was Disney animated movie “Tangled,” grossing $21.5 million during a slow post Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the movie has earned more than $96 million in its second.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” came in second with $16.7 million in ticket sales. The film has grossed $244 million in North America after three weeks in theaters.

Denzel Washington’s train thriller “Unstoppable” and Christina Aguilera’s “Burlesque” with Cher, ranked No. 3 and No. 4 respectively with $6.1 million each in gross receipts.

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, while “Unstoppable” has taken in roughly $69 million in four weeks for News Corp unit 2Oth Century Fox, according to Reuters.

“Love and Other Drugs,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. pulled in $5.7 million for a total $22.6 million take after its second week in theaters.