As is typical for the post-Thanksgiving weekend, leftovers filled the box office. Last week's trifecta, Disney's "Encanto," Sony's "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," and MGM's "House of Gucci," all held their positions over the weekend, handily reclaiming the top three spots.
"Encanto" conjured up $12.7M, bringing its total to $57.9M. This was a 53% drop from last week's opening, a better second-week drop than Disney's previous two Thanksgiving offerings, "Frozen II" (a 59% drop) and "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (a 55% drop). Such a drop points to continued strong word-of-mouth for the film as more and more families feel comfortable returning to the theater.
"Ghostbusters: Afterlife" held the number two slot with $10.3M, bringing its total share to over $100M. The Jason Reitman-directed spooky family-friendly comedy became the eleventh film of the year to pass the pandemic-era benchmark, a strong sign of consumer confidence at the box office. The latest edition to the nearly 40-year-old franchise closed out the weekend with a total domestic haul of $102.2M. As a result, "Afterlife" is now ahead of WB's "Godzilla vs. Kong," which ended its theatrical run with a total gross of $100.5M.
MGM's crime drama "House of Gucci" reclaimed the number three position with $6.8M, pushing its total to $33.6M. The soapy drama from director Ridley Scott and starring Lady Gaga continues to shatter expectations of adult-oriented dramas, spelling good news for both struggling arthouses and still-to-be-released award-hopefuls.
The post-Thanksgiving weekend is typically quiet at the box office, as studios hold their meatiest year-ending fare for Christmas. This year was no exception. The only new releases of note were Focus Features' "Wolf" and IFC Films' "Benedetta," two limited engagements that failed to crack the Top Ten. Without any major competition, two in-theater events cracked the Top Ten. Fathom Events' religious-themed special "Christmas with the Chosen: The Messengers" took number four with $4.1M. Following that, FUNimation's "Sword Art Online: Progressive - Aria of a Starless Night," based on the popular anime series," took tenth place with $1M.
This week should put some spark back into the box office as Disney/20th Century debuts the musical remake "West Side Story." Directed by Steven Speilberg, "West Side Story" is a faithful update of the popular 1957 musical and 1962 Best Picture Winner. "West Side Story," with its rave reviews and Oscar buzz, should break the curse that's plagued other musicals this year. Previous films "Dear Evan Hansen" and "In the Heights" were based on popular Broadway musicals but didn't click with audiences. STX's sports drama "National Champions," starring J.K. Simmons and Alexander Ludwig, also opens. On the specialty side, more award favorites are bowing. A24 launches "Red Rocket," as Netflix and Amazon drop brief theatrical engagements of "Don't Look Up" and "Being the Ricardos."
Box Office Top Ten - Dec. 3-5:
- "Encanto" (Disney) - $12,739,000 / Total: $57,959,641
- "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" (Sony) - $10,350,000 / Total: $102,191,594
- "House of Gucci" (MGM) - $6,773,404 / Total: $33,641,223
- "Christmas with the Chosen: The Messengers" (Fathom) - $4,100,000 / Total: $8,778,798
- "Eternals" (Disney) - $3,939,000 / Total: $156,528,707
- "Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City" (Sony) - $2,655,000 / Total: $13,173,747
- "Dune" (WB) - $1,810,000 / Total: $104,572,547
- "Clifford the Big Red Dog" (Paramount) - $1,800,000 / Total: $45,728,389
- "King Richard" (WB) - $1,205,000 / Total: $13,402,551
- "Sword Art Online: Progressive - Aria of a Starless Night" (FUNimation) - $1,050,000 [NEW]
Box office data comes to us from Box Office Mojo.
Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.