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Disney Animation ‘Encanto’ Enchants North American Viewers

By Oreoritse Tariemi
29 November 2021   |   10:56 am
After a three-day weekend, Disney's new animated musical fantasy film Encanto has topped the North American box office, raking in an estimated $27 million. This number released by industry watcher Exhibitor Relations revealed this on Sunday. However, its numbers fell below other family-oriented Thanksgiving weekend releases, including Frozen II and Coco. However, this number proves to be a sign that…

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After a three-day weekend, Disney’s new animated musical fantasy film Encanto has topped the North American box office, raking in an estimated $27 million.

This number released by industry watcher Exhibitor Relations revealed this on Sunday.

However, its numbers fell below other family-oriented Thanksgiving weekend releases, including Frozen II and Coco. However, this number proves to be a sign that family films are starting to return to health in the post-pandemic era.

Encanto tells the story of a family in the mountains of Colombia endowed with special powers — except for daughter Mirabel, who ends up having to save the others. With original music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Encanto stars voice actors Stephanie Beatriz, John Leguizamo and Diane Guerrero.

Next on the list of top releases is Sony’s family-friendly Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The newest chapter in the supernatural humour franchise raked in an estimated $24.5 million, placing second for the weekend release. 

The newest Ghostbusters film was directed by Jason Reitman, whose father Ivan Reitman made the original 37 years ago. Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace in a ghostly tale that has shape-shifted from 1980s Manhattan to today’s small-town Oklahoma.

Reflecting Hollywood’s gradual recovery, Ridley Scott’s new crime drama House of Gucci comes in third at $14.2 million, a healthy profit for an adult-oriented film at a time when COVID fears have kept many older viewers at home.

The MGM/United Artists film stars Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci, the onetime head of the famed Gucci fashion house, and Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani, the vengeful ex-wife who in 1995 hired a hitman to murder Gucci outside his Milan office. The film’s cast also includes stars Al Pacino, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Irons and Jared Leto.

At fourth place is Disney/Marvel superhero film Eternals, with a whopping $7.9 million, surpassing the $150 million raked in domestically. The story of an immortal race of aliens who emerge from hiding to save the Earth stars Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Gemma Chan.

In fifth place was Sony and Screen Gems’ new “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.” The video game adaptation took in $5.3 million, with Kaya Scodelario and Robbie Amell starring.

Rounding out the top 10 of film releases for last week include: 

“Clifford the Big Red Dog” ($4.9 million)

“King Richard” ($3.3 million)

“Dune” ($2.2 million)

“No Time to Die” ($1.8 million)

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” ($1.6 million)