MEET BRUNO — “Encanto” tells the tale of an extraordinary family blessed with magical gifts from super strength to the power to heal. Voiced by John Leguizamo, Bruno has been estranged from the Madrigal family for as long as Mirabel (voice of Stephanie Beatriz) can remember. Gifted with the ability to see the future, Bruno’s honest, but often doomsaying predictions proved problematic for Abuela and the rest of the family, so he disappeared, becoming the uncle no one talks about —unless, of course, they do. Opening in the U.S. on Nov. 24, 2021, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. © 2021 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
As expected, the family animated film Encanto premiered at the top spot for the long Thanksgiving weekend with a little over $40 million during the long weekend. The domestic numbers are far below Frozen II’s Thanksgiving haul of $130 million in 2019, 2018’s Ralph Breaks the Internet with $56 million, 2017’s Coco with $51 million, and 2016’s Moana at $56.6 million.
Nonetheless, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures are patting themselves on the back for debuting on top during the pandemic weekend. The film, with the lead voice of Stephanie Beatriz and songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, has a 92 percent fresh rating score on Rotten Tomatoes and an “A” grade from CinemaScore. Its five-day worldwide total is $69.9 million.
In a near upset, Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife held strong after its second week of release in second place with $24.5 million, a 44.3 percent drop from the previous weekend. The sequel earned over $87 million.
In third place, United Artists Releasing’s House of Gucci starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver received $14.2 million over the weekend and $21.8 million over the five-day period. However, many industry analysts panned its lackluster performance due to the pandemic-era non-desire for adult dramas and catering anything for family films and comic book films.
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Marvel’s Eternals fell to $7.9 million over the weekend, a 28.7 percent drop from the previous week. The comic book film finally cracked the $150 million domestic haul, but still going strong overseas with a worldwide total of $368 million.
Rounding out the fifth-place spot is Screen Gems’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City with $5.275 million for the weekend. With its opening on Wednesday, the five-day hall for this series reboot arrived at $8.8 million with a worldwide total of $13.9 million.
The indie drama Licorice Pizza from Paul Thomas Anderson opened on four screens, but it impressively made on average $84,000 per screen with a total of $336,000. It is expected for the love story to expand on to more screens in the near future.
With December rolling around, award season films and a few anticipated blockbusters are around the corner for the holidays. For this coming weekend, comedy Red Rocket, drama Wolf, and comedy Silent Night will make their independent debut in theaters without a major blockbuster premiere.
Source: Box Office Mojo