‘Encanto’ Allures With $7.5M Opening Day, ‘Gucci’ Earns $4.2M


Moviegoing still hasn’t returned to pre-pandemic stages but both films, along with ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife,’ look to be admired in solid numbers all over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Walt Disney Animation’s musical adventure Encanto introduced the extended Thanksgiving box office parade with a gross of $7.5 million on the first day.

The family movie, along with House of Gucci, the adult-skewing drama, and MGM, opened nationwide Wednesday ahead of Thanksgiving, as did Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, Sony’s action-horror reboot.

Moviegoing still hasn’t returned to pre-pandemic stages. Still, Gucci and Encanto, along with Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which was released last weekend, look to be admired in solid numbers all over the long Thanksgiving weekend. That’s excellent news for both genres that have been mainly hindered by covid, adult dramas, and family titles.

The five-day Thanksgiving corridor (Wednesday to Sunday) is occasionally one of the most profitable times of the year at the box office.


Projections are difficult at this point, but some think Encanto could hit $40 million in its five-day debut, which would be the trend of COVID-19 time for a family title. It is the first crucial animated studio title to get a theatrical window exclusively since the pandemic banged in spring 2020 and opens as younger children are permitted to be vaccinated.

With original songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Encanto tells the tale of a Colombian teenager who has to save her extended family’s magic even though she has no exceptional present of her own. Jared Bush, Byron Howard, and Charise Castro Smith directed.

Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which is accomplishing in arousing the Sony franchise, earned $5.5 million on Wednesday to come in number 2 for an early domestic total of nearly $58 million. The adventure-comedy could take in $35 million for the five days.

The animated movie’s voice cast includes Stephanie Beatriz,Adassa, Diane Guerrero, Mauro Castillo, María Cecilia Botero, Wilmer Valderrama, Angie Cepeda, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Jessica Darrow, Rhenzy Feliz, Carolina Gaitánand John Leguizamo.

United Artists House of Gucci and MGM, a player in the awards race, stars Lady Gaga as the wife of fashion scion Maurizio Gucci, played by Adam Driver. Jared Leto and Al Pacino also star in this story of murderous revenge, directed by Ridley Scott.

Gucci placed 3rd Wednesday with $4.2 million and has a shot at settling a promising $20 million-plus for the five days.

Screen Gems’ reboot, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, about some survivors trying to defend themselves from a zombie attack in their small town, placed fourth with an opening day of $2.5 million.

The action-horror pic is directed by Johannes Roberts and stars Kaya Scodelario, Tom Hopper, Hannah John-Kamen, Robbie Amell, Avan Jogia, Donal Logue, and Neal McDonough.

Warner Bros.’ King Richard, another Thanksgiving offering that opened opposite Afterlife, ranked No. 7 on Wednesday with approx. $650,000 for a total domestic net of $7 million. The awards contender, starring Will Smith as Richard Williams, Serena Williams, and the father of Venus, hopes to boost at the box office thanks to stellar reviews and 99% exit scores. King Richard is also streaming on HBO Max.