Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Encanto, Gucci House Fuel Thanksgiving Box Office | AP News

NEW YORK (AP) – Movie theater on Thanksgiving weekend was far from the usual holiday, but Disney’s Encanto and Gucci’s House, directed by Lady Gaga, kick-started two genres that were particularly hit by the pandemic.: Family films and adult dramas.

The studio estimated on Sunday that Encanto topped the box office with $ 27 million over the weekend and $ 40.3 million over the five-day holiday. Despite the fact that the pace of past Disney cartoons released on Thanksgiving was significantly slower – “Coco” launched at the same time of the year with $ 72 million, and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” – also with $ 84 million – the result was the best start for an animated film. film during a pandemic.

Family films have been particularly slow to bounce back, although as children increasingly receive vaccinations, there has been growing hope that releases such as Encanto could lead to a resurgence. Earlier this year, Disney released films such as Pixar’s Luca direct for Disney +, but released Encanto exclusively in theaters for $ 120 million. A film about a magical Colombian family with original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda has grossed $ 70 million worldwide.

MGM’s House of Gucci, directed by Ridley Scott, debuted at $ 14.2 million in a three-day weekend and $ 21.8 million in five days. It was also one of the best performances for an adult drama. Scott’s own film The Last Duel for Disney 20th Century Studios was launched in October for a paltry $ 4.8 million.

The $ 75 million Gucci House, which tells the story of the family behind the Italian fashion brand, includes a large cast of actors including Adam Driver, Jared Leto and Al Pacino. But her star, Lady Gaga, who plays Patricia Reggiani, has especially caught the attention of the public. According to MGM, 59% of the audience were women and 45% were people between the ages of 18 and 35. About 34% were 45 or older – a higher turnout among older viewers than most films.

“Originality is still important in the minds of the public,” said Eric Loomis, MGM’s director of distribution. “We are very pleased with the results. If you asked me to go for the weekend, I prayed that the predictions would be correct, because today you just don’t know. You just don’t know how the market will react. ”

Domestic ticket sales are often around $ 250 million on Thanksgiving weekend. Total sales this weekend was around $ 142 million, according to Comscore – slightly more than half of a typical business, but also nearly seven times better than Thanksgiving 2020, when many cinemas were still shuttered.

MGM has invested more in rebuilding the theater than most studios; his James Bond film No Time to Die, with a worldwide capital of $ 755 million, will be his # 1 film of the year. Over the weekend, MGM also released Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza, a coming-of-age novel starring Alana Haim. and Cooper Hoffman on four 70mm screens at an average price of $ 83,852 per screen, which is undoubtedly the best indicator of a pandemic. Licorice Pizza will expand in the coming weeks.

“After all the talk about the reluctance of certain demographic groups to go to the theater – more mature audiences and family audiences – both were released this weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “This Thanksgiving weekend at the box office should be very encouraging for the industry, for which these viewers have been the most difficult to get back to theaters.”

However, every step forward in the film industry this year has been met with setbacks. The discovery of a new, potentially more infectious variant of the omicron shuddered Hollywood, which is trying to revive its movie-watching habits. Even when countries tried to introduce new travel rules because of the option, experts have warned that much remains to be seen about the new strain.

Last week’s best movie, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, dropped to second place with $ 24.5 million in its second week after a modest 44% drop. The Sony Pictures release grossed $ 87.8 million domestically and $ 28 million internationally. Screen Gems’ horror division also kicked off the R-rated Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, a reboot of the now seven-film franchise. It debuted 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 “Eternals” increased ticket sales by $ 7.9 million over a three-day weekend, bringing total sales in North America to $ 150.6 million and $ 368 million worldwide.

Focus Features expanded the Academy Award for Belfast, Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical account of his childhood in the city of Northern Ireland, to 1,128 seats in its third week. Belfast earned $ 1.3 million over the five-day weekend, bringing the total to $ 5 million.

Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales in US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final internal data will be released on Monday.

1. Encanto, $ 27 million.

2. “Ghostbusters: Life After Death,” $ 24.5 million.

3. The Gucci House, $ 14.2 million.

4. “Eternals”, $ 2.5 million.

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

6. “Big Red Dog Clifford”, $ 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 Massacre, $ 1.6 million.


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