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With the holiday weekend about to begin, Warner Bros. Pictures' teenage wizard shows no signs of breaking his spell on the boxoffice. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth iteration of the surefire franchise that soared to boxoffice heights in its first frame, will continue to enchant moviegoers this Thanksgiving weekend. On the next rung, two new releases -- Sony Pictures' release of Revolution Studios' Rent and Paramount Pictures' Yours, Mine & Ours -- will try to knock 20th Century Fox's Walk the Line off its well-earned second-place perch. But the Johnny Cash biopic, which earned an additional $2 million Monday, has the benefit of strong reviews and good word-of-mouth, making it a formidable competitor for the No. 2 spot, especially with adult audiences. Sony and partner Revolution are taking a gamble this frame that well-done musicals still can reach mass audiences. A laborious passion project of director Chris Columbus and producers Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro, Rent finally has reached the big screen after a decade of development. Scoring high in early reviews, the film is sure to draw fans of the stage production, but whether a musical about AIDS patients, drag queens and drug addicts can connect in red states remains to be seen. The PG-13 film will bow in 2,433 theaters and is looking to lure primarily young women.


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