Disney’s ‘Encanto’ tops box office for second straight week

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Leftovers were on the menu for those watching the movie in North America this weekend. According to studio estimates on Sunday, “Encanto,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and “House of Gucci” repeated in the top three spots. All three films are playing exclusively in theatres.

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“Encanto,” an animated story with original music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, earned $12.7 million to reach the top spot, a 53% drop from last weekend’s opening weekend. Globally, it has earned $116.1 million so far.

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“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” took second place on its third weekend with $10.4 million, pushing it slightly past the $100 million threshold. And Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, ripped from the limelight, came in third with $6.8 million from 3,477 places in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to $33.6 million.

The big surprise came from Fatah, who took fourth place with “Christmas with the Chosen: The Messengers”. It is not actually a film, but an episode of a faith-based streaming series, it focuses on the birth of Jesus with several performances by Christian groups, specially shot for a 10-day big screen run Was. Over the weekend, it grossed $4.1 million from 1,700 screens. Since Wednesday, it has earned $9 million and has become the highest-grossing event in Thoth’s history.

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“It shows how powerful event cinema is and how movie theaters can benefit from non-traditional releases,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.

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Warner Bros. brought “Dune” back to IMAX screens this weekend. Premium screens account for more than half of its $1.8 million household income.

In a special release, Paul Verhoeven’s “Benedetta”, released by IFC Films, grossed $145,000 from 202 theaters, and Focus Features’ “Wolf” grossed $80,000 across 308 screens. Neon’s animated documentary “Flea” also opened on four screens, grossing $25,033. The film is about a man who fled Afghanistan as a child in the 1980s.

Things should pick up next week as theaters across the country dance on Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story.”

“We’re headed toward $3.7 billion in the domestic stretch of the box office year,” Dergarabedian said.

It was not unusual for the pre-pandemic, North American box office to total $11 billion. But Dergarabedian thinks $4 billion is still within reach for 2021, should a certain superhero swing by on December 17th to help out.

“I think the industry has the potential to generate $300 million in the next few weeks,” Dergarabedian said. “‘Spider-Man’ could be the linchpin to propel us past the $4 billion mark.”

Estimated ticket sales in theaters in the US and Canada from Friday to Sunday, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Charm,” $12.7 million.

2. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” $10.4 million.

3. “House of Gucci,” $6.8 million.

4. “Chosen With Christmas: The Messengers,” $4.1 million.

5. “Eternal,” $3.9 million.

6. “Resident Evil: Raccoon City,” $2.7 million.

7. “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” $1.8 million.

8. “Dune,” $1.8 million.

9. “King Richard,” $1.2 million.

10. “Poison: Let There Be Carnage,” $1 million.

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