Walt Disney Animation’s musical adventure Encanto is succeeding in luring families back to the multiplex and is looking at a five-day Thanksgiving opening of $40 million or more after grossing $11 million on Black Friday.
On Wednesday, Encanto opened at the domestic box office alongside MGM and United Artists’ adult-skewing drama House of Gucci and Sony’s action-horror reboot Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.
House of Gucci is also doing better than expected, earning $5.9 million on Friday for a projected five-day debut of $22 million or more, the best showing of the pandemic era for an adult drama.
A player in the awards race, House of Gucci stars Lady Gaga as the wife of fashion scion Maurizio Gucci, played by Adam Driver.
Afterlife, which earned $9.8 million on Black Friday, is expected to gross $37 million-plus for the five days, pushing its domestic tally to $90 million by Sunday.
Racoon City is looking at a sixth-place finish with a five-day opening of $8 million or more (Friday’s take was $2 million).
Warner Bros.’ King Richard, another Thanksgiving offering that opened opposite Afterlife last weekend, is expected to fall to No