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‘Encanto’ Takes Top Box Office Opening Weekend With Strong Competition

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Encanto,” the 60th film by Walt Disney Animation, managed to snag the top spot on the holiday weekend box office with $40.3 million over the 5 days.

According to Box Office Mojo, the film played in 3,980 theaters in the U.S. opening weekend.

With the international markets figured in, the movie took in $70 million since its release last Wednesday.

It faced very strong competition in Sony’s ” Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” though, which in its second week took in $35.3 million in the U.S., and a good share of the family audiences.

Despite great reviews, “Encanto” just couldn’t bring the Disney families out to theaters during this pandemic, even with it being Thanksgiving, a holiday that is usually very good for box office.

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The film’s five-day total falls considerably short of the studio’s recent Thanksgiving releases, such as “Frozen II” in 2019 ($123.7 million), “Ralph Breaks the Internet” in 2018 ($84.6 million) and “Coco” in 2017 ($71 million). Its 5-day total is even less than 2015’s Pixar Thanksgiving release, “Good Dinosaur,” which brought in $55.4 million over its holiday weekend.

“Encanto” has already been announced for the December 2021 line-up on Disney+ in the U.S., so there’s not too much more time for the film to take in a decent box office.

Did you get a chance to see “Encanto” in the theaters this weekend? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments!