Box Office: Thanksgiving audiences are Enchanted

The long Thanksgiving weekend showed audiences to be in a mood for light-hearted fantasy, while depressing horror took a dive into darkness. At least, that is what one would conclude from the debuts of ENCHANTED (at #1) and THE MIST (at #9).

Playing in 3,730 theatres, the Disney comedy, which mixes traditional animation with live-action in order to spoof the companies classic fairy tale movies, earned an estimated $35.3-million over the three-day session from Friday to Sunday. Combined with two-days of ticket sales from Wednesday and Thursday (the film opened early for Thanksgiving), ENCHANTED has earned $50.05-million in five days.

Frank Darabont’s adaptation of the Stephen King novella seeped into 2,423 theatres, where it enshrouded $9.06-million from Friday to Sunday. Adding the Wednesday-Thursday money brings the total up to a meagre $13.01-million. Expect to see THE MIST dissipate quickly from theatres and reforming on video shelves.

As for other fantasy, horror, and sci-fi films in the U.S. Top Ten…

BEOWULF descended from first to third place in its sophomore session, earning another $16.24-million. The two-week total is now $56.36-million.

BEE MOVIE buzzed from #5 to #2, where it polinated $12.01-million worth of tickets. After four weeks of release, the film’s U.S. total stands at an impressive $112.07-million.

FRED CLAUS slid down the chimney from #4 to #6, earning 410.74-million. The three-week total is now $53.07-million.

Dropping out of the Top Ten in only its second weekend of release was MR MAGORIOUM’S WONDER EMPORIUM. The misfired family fantasy added $8-million to its tiny two-week total of $22.29-million.

Read the complete Top Ten box office results here.

About the Author

Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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