BOX OFFICE REPORT
November 26-28, 2021
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Ghostbusters: Afterlife||$24.5 million|
|House of Gucci||$14.2 million|
Welcome to Raccoon City
When even a well-reviewed animated movie can't dominate Thanksgiving weekend, you know the box office is in trouble. Disney's Encanto, which featured a South American setting and music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, earned just $27 million over three days, and just a hair over $40 million since opening Wednesday. To put that in perspective, it's worse than 2015's The Good Dinosaur, basically considered Pixar's only flop. The film will hit Disney+ on Christmas Day, which is yet another sign that animated flicks can't turn this around. Once dominant, 2021 has been dire for cartoons. Many former theatrical releases went straight-to-streaming (including The Mitchells vs. the Machines and Luca), and none have yet cracked $60 million total.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife held reasonably well in its second weekend. By next weekend, it will likely be the latest film to crack $100 million at the box office, and could surpass the 2016 reboot, which would be a complicated milestone. House of Gucci did a lot better than Ridley Scott's last film (The Last Duel), earning a solid $21.8 million since Wednesday. It's not the most incredible debut, but considering most movies that don't have superheroes and/or were sequels didn't do so well this year, that's something to be thankful for.
Eternals dropped to fourth place, taking its tally up to $150 million in the process. It still has a chance of eeking into the top 5, but it depends on how well it holds until Spider-Man: No Way Home opens next month. Welcome to Raccoon City, an attempt to reboot the Milla Jovovich-led Resident Evil series opened with a weak $5.2 million. That's well below what The Final Chapter debuted with in 2017.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Licorice Pizza, the much-anticipated new film from Paul Thomas Anderson. It had the best per-screen average of any movie since before the pandemic, with a tremendous $83,000 on each of its four screens.
- King Richard's crowd-pleasing days never came to fruition. The sports biopic, starring Will Smith as Richard Williams, hasn't even crossed the $12 million mark in two weeks. While Smith may still be an Oscar front-runner, his chances are getting slimmer the longer the film languishes at the box office.
- Dune finally crossed $100 million domestically, making it Denis Villeneuve's highest-grossing film as a director.
As usual, the first weekend of December is a quiet one. The only wide release is Wolf, which will likely debut with $2 million or less.