Disney’s “Encanto” netted $1.5 million in Tuesday evening previews and MGM’s star-studded crime drama “House of Gucci” brought in $1.3 million ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Encanto” is expected to top the box office and generate $40 million over the five-day period, a more muted launch for a Disney holiday offering than previous Thanksgiving debuts from the Mouse House such as “Frozen II” in 2019 ($123,7 million), “Ralph Breaks the Internet” in 2018 ($84.6 million), and “Coco” in 2017 ($71 million). But those movies bowed in pre-pandemic times, so if “Encanto” can deliver on those estimates it will rank as a relative victory.
It will have some competition at the multiplexes. In addition to MGM’s “House of Gucci,” a meme-able crime drama that stars Lady Gaga, Adam Driver and Jared Leto, Sony is launching a new entry in its survival horror movie franchise with “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.” “House of Gucci” should pull in $17 million to $20 million between Wednesday and Sunday, while the “Resident Evil” sequel is looking at a debut of around $15 million to $17 million. If “House of Gucci” hits that mark, it will be quite a success story given the recent struggles of dramas like “King Richard” and “Spencer” at the box office.
Featuring original music from “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Encanto” follows a family living hidden in a magical town in the mountains of Colombia. There, every child except one — Mirabel (voiced by “Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Stephanie Beatriz) — has been blessed with a unique gift. However, Mirabel soon becomes their last, best hope when the youngster discovers the supernatural powers surrounding the city of Encanto are in danger. Critics have largely embraced the film, handing it a 94% RottenTomatoes Critics score.
“House of Gucci” has received mostly positive reviews (Variety loved it!) and Oscar buzz for Lady Gaga, but there have been dissenters who gripe it is over-stuffed, such as the New York Times’ A.O. Scott who called it a “heaping platter of prosciutto.” That wasn’t meant as a compliment, with all due respect to the delicious ham.
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