Disney’s 60th animated feature, Encanto, has planted a flag on top of the Thanksgiving weekend box-office charts in North America, following in the Turkey Day tradition of hot tickets Frozen II (2019), Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) and Coco (2017). The original story about a Colombian family tackling shifts in their magical traditions, directed by Zootopia‘s Bryon Howard and Jared Bush with co-director Charise Castro Smith, premiered with the best opening weekend for an animated pic during the pandemic with $40.3 million from 3,980 NorAm theaters — a feat when many families have been unwilling or unable to return to cinemas.
Internationally, Encanto bowed in 47 international markets to the tune of $29.3 million. The film’s global box office total from Wednesday is pegged at $70 million. The movie reportedly cost over $120 million to produce, not including the robust marketing budget.
In other notable NorAm BO news, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune surpassed the $100 million mark, and has now totted up $102 million domestically for Warner Bros.
Domestic Top 5 (Wed. 11/24-Sun. 11/28):
- Encanto – $40.3M | Week 1 | Disney
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife – $35M | Week 2 | Sony
- House of Gucci – $21.8M | Week 1 | United Artists
- Eternals – $11.4M | Week 4 | Disney/Marvel
- Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City – $8.8M | Week 1 | Screen Gems
[Sources: Variety, BoxOfficeMojo]