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Audiences go for a second helping of ‘Encanto’

An animated scene shows a young woman carrying a basket of colorful goodies
Mirabel (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz), center, in Disney’s “Encanto.”
(Disney via Associated Press)

Leftovers were on the menu for moviegoers in North America this weekend. “Encanto,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and “House of Gucci” repeated in the top three spots, according to studio estimates Sunday. All three films are playing exclusively in theaters.

The weekend after the Thanksgiving weekend is usually pretty quiet at the box office, and this year was no exception, considering that new offerings including “Flee” and “Benedetta” were playing only in limited release. Disney’s “Encanto,” an animated tale with original music from Lin-Manuel Miranda, earned $12.7 million to take the top spot, down 53% from its opening last weekend. Globally, it’s earned $116.1 million to date.

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” took second place in its third weekend with $10.4 million, pushing it just past the $100 million threshold. And Ridley Scott’s ripped-from-the-headlines “House of Gucci,” starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, came in third in its second weekend with $6.8 million from 3,477 locations, bringing its domestic total to $33.6 million.

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“Encanto” tops the domestic box office over the holiday weekend, while “Licorice Pizza” has a strong opening in extremely limited release.

In other notable showings, Warner Bros. brought “Dune” back to IMAX screens this weekend. The premium screens accounted for more than half of its $1.8 million domestic earnings.

Neon’s animated documentary “Flee” opened on four screens, earning $25,033. The film is about a man who fled Afghanistan as a child in the 1980s.

Things should pick up next week as Steven Spielberg’s take on “West Side Story” dances into theaters nationwide.

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ has unseated ‘Eternals’ atop the domestic box office, while awards-buzzy tennis drama ‘King Richard’ opened at No. 4.


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