Strange World, Other New Movies Fight for Scraps – The Hollywood Reporter

The Thanksgiving box office is off to a decidedly worrisome start, with overall earnings weakened compared to other years.

For Disney, it appears to be a case of feast or famine. While Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will remain atop the box office for the third weekend in a row with a solid gross of $60 million to $65 million for the five days (Wednesday through Sunday), Disney Animations Strange world is in serious trouble.

Wakanda forever led Wednesday with $10 million from 4,174 theaters for a total of $313.7 million.

However, there was no party for Strange world, which posted an opening day of $4.2 million from 4,174 sites after earning a tepid B CinemaScore. At this rate, the family film is looking at a five-day opening of $24 million-$26 million, the worst opening for a Disney Animation Thanksgiving title in history. (Disney Animation titles such as Frozen franchise, usually dominates the holiday.)

Last year, Charm posted a five-day gross of $40.6 million after earning $7.8 million on Wednesday despite challenges from the COVID-10 pandemic. And in 2019, Frozen 2 grossed a record $125 million for the five days.

Strange world opens just days after Bob Iger’s return as CEO of the Walt Disney Co. after the shocking ouster of Bob Chapek.

A number of other new movies are also vying for their place at the Thanksgiving table. On Wednesday, Sony’s Korean war drama Devotion, about two naval fighter pilots, grossed $1.8 million from 3,228 locations for a projected 5-day gross in the $10 million range. The stars of the movie Top Gun: MaverickGlen Powell and Jonathan Majors.

The big mystery is Rian Johnson’s Glass onion: A Knives Out Mystery, with a cast led by Daniel Craig. Netflix is ​​not expected to report ticket sales, in keeping with its longstanding practice of keeping numbers under wraps.

Glass onion is getting an unprecedented release, and is the first of the streamer’s titles to play in all three of the country’s largest chains – AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark Theatres. Competitors’ distribution managers still have their way of collecting data directly from exhibition contacts, two sources say The Hollywood Reporter that Johnson’s sequel likely earned $2 million Wednesday from 680 theaters. That means it could open to $12 million over the five-day holiday corridor, far short of the $41.4 million Johnson earned. Knives out over Thanksgiving 2019 (the first film received a traditional theatrical release from Lionsgate), but ahead of many of this year’s holiday films.

Searchlight’s epicurean horror comedy The menuwhich is heading into its second weekend, ranked No. 4 Wednesday with about $1.1 million from 3,228 locations for a solid five-day haul of $6 million or so.

Luca Guadagnino’s prize challenger Bones and all — about two young lovers and cannibals played by Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet who embark on a road trip — grossed an estimated $921 billion on Wednesday as it expanded to a total of 2,727 theaters after opening in select theaters last weekend. The special is expecting a subdued five-day gross of $4 million.

Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical Fablemana major awards player, is rolling out more slowly in hopes of emulating the success of the Oscar-winning film Green book. Spielberg’s latest film opened in New York and Los Angeles on the weekend of 11-13. November, before expanding to 637 locations on Wednesday. From Universal and Amblin, the pic earned an estimated $400,000 Wednesday for a projected five-day gross of $3 million.

Hold over Black Adam is also in the mix with a projected five-day gross of $4 million or so from 2,842 theaters. It arrived on digital release on November 22.

Studies emphasize that projections can change as the holiday unfolds. Some analysts are already postulating that Thanksgiving checkout traffic will take a hit because people are finally able to travel in earnest now that the worst of the pandemic is over.

Nov. 24, 10:30: Updated with revised unofficial projections for ‘Glass Onion.’

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