Encanto tops Thanksgiving weekend box office with $40 million five-day debut.. edging out Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Encanto won the top spot at the domestic box office over the Thanksgiving weekend.
The computer-animated musical fantasy comedy earned an estimated $27 million over the three-day weekend, and $40.3 million over the five-day holiday beginning Wednesday from 3,980 locations.
Those money numbers were good enough to earn the title of best opening weekend for an animated film during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tops: Disney’s Encanto won the top spot at the domestic box office over the Thanksgiving weekend, earning $27 million over three-days, and $40.3 million over the five-day holiday; pictured is Mirabel, voiced by Stephanie Beatriz, and Bruno, voiced by John Leguizamo
While the Disney film’s five-day totals are a good sign parents are allowing their kids back to theaters in this post-covid world, it did pale in comparison to the studio’s recent Thanksgiving releases such as Frozen II ($123.7 million in 2019), Ralph Breaks The Internet ($84.6 million in 2018) and Coco ($71 million in 2017).
Featuring new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Encanto tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family who live in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto.
Each child has been blessed with a magic gift unique to them— each child except Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz). But when the family’s home is threatened, Mirabel may be their only hope.
A sign: Encanto’s money haul over the holiday was good enough to earn the title of best opening weekend for an animated film during the COVID-19 pandemic, but still fell short of recent top earners over the Thanksgiving weekend
Released a week before Thanksgiving, moviegoers still feasted on Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which grossed $24.5 over the three-day take, and an estimated $35.2 million for its five-day total, making it good enough for second place.
Moviegoers also made their way out to see the crime drama House Of Gucci, from MGM. Taking the third spot, it raked-in $14.2 million over the traditional 3-day weekend and $21.8 million in the five days since its release.
‘This is a very good opening for an original crime drama,’ said David A. Gross, with the movie consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research, as reported by Variety.
‘As with families, older moviegoers have been reluctant to return to the movies.’
Second fiddle: Ghostbusters: Afterlife took the second spot at the weekend box office, grossing $24.5 during the three-day take, and $35.2 million for its five-day total: young stars Celeste O’Connor, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Logan Kim are pictured
Fourth place went to Disney/Marvel’s Eternals, earning an estimated $7.9 million three-day and $11.4 million over five-days. The superhero film has now made $150.6 million to date in North America.
And rounding out the top five at the Thanksgiving weekend box office was Sony’s Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City with an estimated $5.27 million over the three-day frame and $8.8 million over the five-day; a result that fell short of expectations.
Overall, moviegoers in the U.S. and Canada spent about $142 million on tickets to the cinema over the five-day holiday weekend. The haul falls short of recent years, where ticket sales often topped $250 million, but it is still a sign that consumer confidence in returning to cinemas in the post pandemic world.
Third place: House of Gucci, starring Lady Gaga and Jared Leto, came in third for the weekend box office over the holiday, earning $14.2 million over the traditional 3-day weekend and $21.8 million in the five days since its release