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The news that "Tangled" topped "Harry Potter 7" at the box office this week pales before Brandon Gray's pronouncement at boxofficemojo that "November 2010 was the weakest November in 15 years in terms of estimated attendance." Why should we be surprised? Aside from "Potter," "Tangled" and "Unstoppable," Hollywood was not offering megaplex moviegoers a Thanksgiving cornucopia of top-flight entertainment.

Which brings me to a frequent complaint -- why don't specialty companies or studio boutiques open their biggest titles all across the country instead of starting in New York and Los Angeles and then dribbling them out? With the Oscar buzz and national media coverage that it's been generating since September, a movie like "The King's Speech," with Colin Firth (above), could have cleaned up in cities like Baltimore over Thanksgiving -- and could maybe even have boosted the November box-office haul to its record 2009 heights.

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