‘Encanto’, ‘House of Gucci’ fuels Thanksgiving box office – Lowell Sun

NEW YORK (AP) – Thanksgiving weekend cinema was still far from the party it normally is, but Disney’s “Encanto” and Lady Gaga-directed “House of Gucci” both gave it a boost to two genres that have been particularly affected by the pandemic: family films and adult dramas.

“Encanto” topped the box office with $ 27 million over the weekend and $ 40.3 million over the five-day vacation, according to studio estimates on Sunday. While a far cry from the old Disney animated films released for Thanksgiving – “Coco” launched around the same time of year with $ 72 million and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” did so with $ 84 million. dollars.

Family films have been particularly slow to rebound, although with more and more children being vaccinated, there is growing hope that releases such as “Encanto” could result in a rebound. Earlier this year, Disney released films like Pixar’s “Luca” direct on Disney +, but released “Encanto,” which reportedly cost $ 120 million, exclusively in theaters. The film, about a magical Colombian family and starring original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, grossed $ 70 million worldwide.

MGM’s “House of Gucci,” from director Ridley Scott, debuted with $ 14.2 million over the three-day weekend and $ 21.8 million over five days. Scott’s “The Last Duel” for Disney, launched with a paltry $ 4.8 million in October.

The budgeted $ 75 million “House of Gucci,” on the family behind the Italian fashion label, features a large cast including Adam Driver, Jared Leto and Al Pacino. But its star, Lady Gaga, who plays Patrizia Reggiani, mainly resulted in the participation. According to MGM, 59% of the audience was female and 45% were between 18 and 35 years old. About 34% were 45 and over.

Last week’s best movie, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” slipped to second place with $ 24.5 million in its second week after a modest 44% drop. The release of Sony Pictures grossed $ 87.8 million domestically and $ 28 million internationally.

In its fourth weekend of release, Marvel’s “Eternals” added $ 7.9 million in ticket sales over the three-day weekend to bring its cumulative total in North America to 150.6 million. of dollars and 368 million dollars worldwide.

Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales in US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore:

1. “Encanto”, $ 27 million.

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

3. “House of Gucci”, $ 14.2 million.

4. “Eternals”, $ 2.5 million.

5. “Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon 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. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, $ 1.6 million.

By JAKE COYLE AP Writer

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