‘Encanto,’ ‘House of Gucci’ fuel $142 million Thanksgiving box office

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NEW YORK — Thanksgiving weekend moviegoing was still a far cry from the feast it normally would have, but Disney’s “Encanto” and the Lady Gaga-led “House of Gucci” both gave it a lift. For two styles that are particularly battered by the pandemic: Family movies and adult dramas.

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According to studio estimates on Sunday, “Encanto” led the box office with $27 million over the weekend and $40.3 million in the five-day holiday frame. Far from the speed of previous Disney DIS,
Animated films released on Thanksgiving – “Coco” launched at the same time of year with $72 million and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” with $84 million – the result being the highest ever for an animated film during the pandemic. It was a good opening.

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Family movies have been particularly slow to make a comeback, although with the rapid vaccination of children, there are growing hopes that releases like “Encanto” could lead to a rebound. Disney earlier this year released films like Pixar’s “Luca” directly on Disney+, but spun out “Encanto,” reportedly for $120 million, exclusively in theaters. The film, about a magical Colombian family and featuring original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, grossed $70 million globally.

Director Ridley Scott’s MGM’s “House of Gucci” debuted with $14.2 million over a three-day weekend and $21.8 million over five days. That, too, had one of the best performances for an adult drama. Scott’s own “The Last Duel”, for Disney’s 20th Century studio, launched in October for only $4.8 million.

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About the family of the Italian fashion brand The $75-million-budget “House of Gucci” includes a large cast including Adam Driver, Jared Leto and Al Pacino. But its star Lady Gaga, who plays Patrizia Reggiani, voted exclusively. According to MGM, 59% of the audience was female and 45% were between the ages of 18-35. About 34% were 45 years of age and older – a higher turnout among older moviegoers than most releases.

“Originality still matters in the public’s mind,” said MGM’s head of distribution, Eric Loomis. “We were really pleased with the results. If you asked me to go over the weekend, I would have been praying the predictions come true because you don’t know today. You just don’t know how the market is going to react.”

Thanksgiving weekend often generates about $250 million in ticket sales domestically. Overall business stood at about $142 million this weekend, according to data firm comScore – a little more than half of normal business, but about seven times better than Thanksgiving 2020, when many theaters were still closed.

MGM bets bigger on dramatic improvement than most studios; Its James Bond film “No Time to Die”, with $755 million globally, would rank as the No. 1 film of the year. Over the weekend, MGM also released Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza”, a coming-of-age romance Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman, on four screens in 70mm for a per-screen average of $83,852 — easily the best of the pandemic. The “licorice pizza” spread widely in the coming weeks.

“After all the talk of the reticence of certain demographics to go to movie theaters — both more mature audiences and family audiences — came to the fore this weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “This Thanksgiving weekend at the box office should be very encouraging for the industry, which has been the hardest-hit to get these audiences back into theatres.”

Nevertheless, this year has come with setbacks every step of the way for the film industry. search New, potentially more infectious Omron variant Shivers sent shudders through Hollywood, which is trying to build back movie-watching habits. even as Nations scramble to implement new travel rules due to variant, experts cautioned that much is still unknown about the new strain.

Last week’s top film, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” dropped to second place with $24.5 million after a modest 44% drop in its second week. sony pictures sony,
The release has grossed $87.8 million domestically and $28 million internationally. The studio’s horror division, Screen Gems, also opened the R-rated “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City,” a reboot in the now seven-film videogame adaptation franchise. It opened with $5.3 million for the three-day weekend and $8.8 million for the holiday frame.

In its fourth weekend of release, Marvel’s “Eternal” raised $7.9 million in ticket sales over the three-day weekend, bringing its North America cumulative total to $150.6 million and $368 million globally.

Focus Features expanded the Oscars as “Belfast”, Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical story of his childhood in a Northern Ireland town, to 1,128 locations in its third week. “Belfast” earned $1.3 million over the five-day weekend, bringing its total to $5 million.

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,” $27 million.

2. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” $24.5 million.

3. “House of Gucci,” $14.2 million.

4. “Eternal,” $2.5 million.

5. “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City,” $5.3 million.

6. “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” $4.9 million.

7. “King Richard,” $3.3 million.

8. “Dune,” $2.2 million.

9. “No Time to Die,” $1.8 million.

10. “Poison: Let There Be Carnage,” $1.6 million.


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