Weekend Box Office Report: December 3 – December 5, 2021

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The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.

Weekend Estimates Update:

As had been widely expected, Disney’s Encanto was able to remain in first place by taking in an estimated $12.74 million this weekend. The well-received computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios declined 53 percent from last weekend, which while sizable, also represents a very reasonable second weekend hold for an animated film that opened over Thanksgiving weekend. With a twelve-day total of $57.96 million, Encanto is already about to zoom past the $58.57 million total domestic gross of last year’s The Croods: A New Age to become the highest grossing fully animated film since the re-opening of theatres and before too much longer Encanto will also surpass the $70.53 million total domestic gross of this year’s computer animated / live action hybrid Space Jam: A New LegacyEncanto is playing exclusively in theatres until it also becomes available via streaming on Disney+ on Christmas Eve (December 24).

Internationally, Encanto grossed an estimated $20.7 million this weekend from 49 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $58.1 million and current global haul to $116.1 million. This weekend saw Encanto debut with $0.8 million in Australia ($0.9 million with sneaks included). Additional estimated international totals for Encanto through Sunday include $6.5 million in France, $5.9 million in Colombia, $4.2 million in the United Kingdom, $3.5 million in Russia, $3.5 million in Italy, $3.5 million in South Korea, $3.4 million in Japan, $3.1 million in Spain, $3.0 million in Mexico and $2.0 million in Saudi Arabia. Next weekend Encanto will open in the Philippines.

Sony’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife took in an estimated $10.35 million to remain in second place. In the process, Ghostbusters: Afterlife surpassed the $100 million domestic mark this weekend, which makes Ghostbusters: Afterlife the tweleth film to reach the milestone since re-opening. The 17-day total for Ghostbusters: Afterlife stands at $102.19 million. Ghostbusters: Afterlife did fall a sharp 57 percent this weekend, though it should be noted that the film lost its IMAX screens this weekend. Ghostbusters: Afterlife will have a good chance of re-stabilizing next weekend, especially since the frame will give moviegoers the opportunity to catch up with the film before fellow Sony release Spider-Man: No Way Home arrives the following weekend on December 17.

Internationally, Ghostbusters: Afterlife grossed an estimated $13.1 million from 53 markets. Respective totals for the film stand at $42.9 million internationally and $145.1 million globally. This weekend Ghostbusters: Afterlife debuted with $2.7 million in Russia, $2.0 million in France and $1.1 million in Spain. Additional international totals for Ghostbusters: Afterlife through Sunday include $12.2 million in the United Kingdom and $5.0 million in Mexico.

United Artists Releasing and MGM’s House of Gucci continued to claim third place by taking in an estimated $6.77 million. The Ridley Scott directed crime drama starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver was down a sizable 53 percent from last weekend. House of Gucci didn’t hold up as well as its strong midweek business had been suggesting, but much like EncantoHouse of Gucci still had a very reasonable second weekend hold for a Thanksgiving weekend opener. The twelve-day total for House of Gucci stands at $33.64 million. While what is and what isn’t a drama can be argumentative, the consensus feeling is that House of Gucci is already the highest grossing traditional drama domestically since re-opening.

Internationally, House of Gucci took in an estimated $14.8 million from 60 markets this weekend. House of Gucci is being handled in the majority of international markets by Universal and in other markets by MGM. Like the film’s current domestic total, the current international total for House of Gucci also stands at $33.6 million. That places the current global total at $67.2 million. This weekend, House of Gucci debuted with $2.8 million in Russia and $1.9 million in Germany. Additional international totals for House of Gucci through Sunday include $7.1 million in the United Kingdom, $3.4 million in France, $2.0 million in Mexico, $1.7 million in Spain, $1.2 million in Ukraine and $1.0 million in Brazil.

This weekend’s highest grossing new release was Fathom Events and Angel Studios’ Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers, which placed in fourth over the three-day weekend with an estimated $4.10 million (from 1,700 locations). With the addition of very strong weekday performances on Wednesday and Thursday (due in part to the event screening nature of Christmas with The Chosen), the estimated five-day start for Christmas with The Chosen stands at $9.00 million, which is already an all-time record breaking gross for Fathom Events according to the distributor (though it should be noted that most events from Fathom Events only play for a day or two). Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers includes a new episode from The Chosen faith-based television series and a number of Christmas music performances. The event is currently scheduled to remain in theatres through December 10 (for a total of ten days of release).

Disney’s Eternals rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated $3.94 million. That represented a sizable, but respectable 50 percent decline from last weekend. Eternals has grossed $156.53 million through 31 days, as the film remains the seventh highest grossing film domestically since re-opening. Internationally, Eternals grossed an estimated $5.8 million this weekend from 51 markets. Respective totals for Eternals currently stand at $227.8 million internationally and $384.3 million globally.

Sony and Screen Gems’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City placed in sixth with an estimated $2.66 million. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City declined a respectable 50 percent from last weekend, which a bit surprisingly represented this weekend’s best hold among last weekend’s three new wide releases (especially since Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City didn’t hold onto its showtimes as well as either Encanto or House of Gucci did this weekend). In the bigger picture, despite this weekend’s hold, the twelve-day total for Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City stands at a modest $13.17 million. Internationally, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City grossed an estimated $4.2 million this weekend from 39 markets. That brings the international total for the film to $11.1 million and the film’s current global haul to $24.3 million.

With the aid of returning to select IMAX screens, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Dune was down only 13 percent from last weekend to gross an estimated $1.81 million this weekend. IMAX screens were responsible for an estimated $1.0 million (55 percent) of this weekend’s overall domestic gross. The 45-day domestic gross for Dune stands at $104.57 million. Internationally, with the aid of a $3.4 million debut in Australia, Dune grossed an estimated $5.1 million this weekend from 69 markets. Respective totals for Dune stand at $277.6 million internationally and $382.2 million globally (with $52.6 million of the film’s global total coming from global IMAX screens).

On the platform front, United Artists Releasing and MGM’s Licorice Pizza continued to impress with an estimated $223,328 from 4 locations in New York City and Los Angeles. The critically acclaimed Paul Thomas Anderson directed film had a per-location average of $55,832 for the frame and was down just 35 percent from last weekend’s debut. The ten-day platform start for Licorice Pizza stands at a promising $761,126. Licorice Pizza is currently scheduled to expand to wide release on Christmas Day.

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