Source: Disney


Worldwide box office November 26-28

Rank  Film (distributor) 3-day (World)   Cume (World) 3-day (Int’l) Cume (Int’l) Territories
 1.  Encanto (Disney)  $56.3m  $69.6m  $29.3m  $29.3m  48
 2.  Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony)  $33.1m  $115.7m  $8.6m  $28m  41
 3.  House Of Gucci (Universal)  $27m  $34.7m  $12.8m  $12.8m  41
 4.  Be Somebody (Various)  $21.8m  $94.3m  $21.8m  $94.3m
 5.   Eternals (Disney)  $18.1m  $368.4m  $10.2m  $217.8m  50

Credit: Comscore, all figures estimates

‘Encanto’ debuts at top of global box office

UPDATED: Disney animation Encanto has landed at the top of the global box office in its opening session, boosted by the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. The Colombia-set, magic-infused, song-powered family tale began with a confirmed five-day $40.6m in North America and a confirmed $29.5m from 47 international territories – combining for $70.1m. That’s the biggest opening for an animated feature in the pandemic era.

France led the way for Encanto with a confirmed $3.6m, followed by Colombia with $2.8m – the second highest opening for an animated film in the South American country (behind Toy Story 4), and the biggest opening of the pandemic era there. UK/Ireland ($2.4m), South Korea ($2.1m) and Italy ($2.1m) come next in Encanto’s table of top markets.

In the pandemic era, the top-performing US studio animated titles have been The Croods 2: A New Age ($216m), The Boss Baby: Family Business ($143m), Tom And Jerry ($133m) and Raya And The Last Dragon ($130m).

In addition, hybrid films such as Space Jam: A New Legacy ($163m) and Peter Rabbit 2 ($154m) rely heavily on animation.

This coming weekend sees Encanto open in Australia and New Zealand. A China release is to be confirmed.

Also for Disney, Marvel’s Eternals added a confirmed $11.5m over five days in North America (taking the total there to $150.7m) and a confirmed $10.6m for international (for a $218.3m total). The numbers combine for a $369m global total. Eternals is chasing worldwide totals of $431.7m for Disney/Marvel’s Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings and $379.6m for Black Widow. Eternals should overtake Black Widow at the end of this week.

‘House Of Gucci’ unzips with $35m

House Of Gucci c Universal Pictures International

Source: Universal Pictures International

‘House Of Gucci’

UPDATED: Distributed by United Artists Releasing in North America, and Universal/MGM internationally, Ridley Scott’s House Of Gucci has made a strong start with $34.5m worldwide. That breaks down as $21.6m in North America for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday period, $10.8m for Universal’s international markets and $2.1m for MGM markets.

After five days, House Of Gucci has already overtaken the total to date for Scott’s other 2021 release The Last Duel, which has sputtered at $28.9m. The Last Duel’s 152-minute running time had been seen as a negative, but a similar 158-minute run time for House Of Gucci does not seem to have slowed it down.

Among international markets, UK/Ireland led the way with an estimated $3.2m – topping the chart ahead of Encanto. Next come France ($1.9m) and Mexico ($1m).

Key markets yet to open House Of Gucci include Germany and Russia/CIS (both opening this coming weekend), plus Australia, South Korea and Japan (all in January).

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ hits $116m after second session

UPDATED: Sony’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife continues to perform more powerfully in North America than internationally, where it has now reached 40 markets. The franchise picture grossed a confirmed $24.3m in North America in its second session, down 44%, and $8.3m in international markets, down 46%.

Totals after two weekends of play are $87.5m in North America, $27.6m for international, and $115.1m worldwide.

Among international markets, UK/Ireland performed best at the weekend with a confirmed $2.8m – sliding to second place behind House Of Gucci and beating Encanto. Total there after 11 days is $10m. Mexico came next with an estimated $1m for the weekend and a $4m total.

This coming weekend sees Ghostbusters: Afterlife arrive in France, Spain, Russia and South Korea, with Australia to follow in January and Japan in February.

In 2016, Paul Feig’s female-fronted Ghostbusters reboot reached a lifetime total of $128.4m in North America, $100.8m for international and $229.1m worldwide.

‘No Time To Die’ crosses $750m

The weekend saw Universal/MGM’s No Time To Die become the first US studio film of the pandemic era to reach $750m box office. Confirmed global weekend takings of $10.2m take the worldwide total to $755.9m. Top international markets were Australia with $2.8m in its third session for a $19.3m running total and China with $1.1m in its fifth for $62.7m.

In UK/Ireland, No Time To Die has reached $129.8m after nine weekends, overtaking Spectre to become the second-biggest Bond film (after Skyfall) and the third-biggest film of all time (after Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Skyfall).

No Time To Die has now reached 85% of Spectre’s lifetime global total of $881m, and 69% of Skyfall’s $1.11bn tally.

Australia opening boosts ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’

UPDATED: Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage grossed a confirmed $8.6m from international markets – up from $6.8m for the previous session. The uplift was thanks to the film’s arrival in Australia, which delivered a chart-topping confirmed $5.1m including previews.

International total is now $260.1m, and North America is $209.5m – combining for $469.6m worldwide.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage has overtaken Godzilla Vs Kong ($467.9m) to become the third biggest US studio film of 2021, after No Time To Die ($753.1m) and Fast & Furious 9 ($739.6m).

Also for Sony, Screen Gems and Constantin Film’s Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City began with an estimated $8.8m in North America for the five-day holiday, plus $5.1m in 15 international markets, combining for $13.9m. Brazil and UK/Ireland both open the film this coming weekend, with other key markets Australia, South Korea and Japan to follow.