Events of the Week: ‘Red Notice,’ ‘Encanto’ and More
As Hollywood events return to full force in New York and Los Angeles amid the coronavirus pandemic, here’s a look at the week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings, including Red Notice, Encanto, Dickinson and Gucci’s Hollywood Boulevard fashion show. Dickinson season three premiere On Monday night, the team behind Apple TV+’s Dickinson gathered at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center to celebrate the third and final act of Alena Smith’s fresh take on literary legend Emily Dickinson.
NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving weekend moviegoing was still far from the feast it normally is, but Disney's “Encanto” and the Lady Gaga-led “House of Gucci” both gave a lift to two genres that have been particularly battered by the pandemic: family movies and adult dramas. © Provided by Associated Press This image released by Disney shows Mirabel, voiced by Stephanie Beatriz, in a scene from the animated film "Encanto." (Disney via AP)
“Encanto" led the box office with $27 million over the weekend and $40.3 million across the five-day holiday frame, according to studio estimates Sunday. While well off the pace of past Disney animated movies released over Thanksgiving — “Coco” launched at the same time of year with $72 million and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” did as well with $84 million — the result was the best opening for an animated movie during the pandemic.
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“Father, Son, and House of Gucci.” Since taking the internet by storm, the phrase lit up a LED sign at the end of the red carpet for House of Gucci’s Los Angeles premiere on Thursday, where the team behind Ridley Scott’s biographical crime drama continued a worldwide tour in promotion of the film at the newly opened Academy Museum. Set in the late 1980s, House of Gucci follows the murderous romance between Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci, when Reggiani marries into the dynastic Italian luxury label. Her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge — and ultimately murder.
Family films have been especially slow to bounce back, though with kids increasingly getting vaccinated, hopes have been rising that releases such as “Encanto” can lead a rebound. Disney earlier this year released films like Pixar's “Luca” straight to Disney+, but put out “Encanto,” reportedly made for $120 million, exclusively in theaters. The film, about a magical Colombia family and featuring original songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, took in $70 million globally. © Provided by Associated Press This image released by MGM shows Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani in "House of Gucci." (MGM via AP)
MGM's “House of Gucci,” from director Ridley Scott, debuted with $14.2 million over the three-day weekend and $21.8 million across five days. That, too, was among the best performances for an adult drama. Scott's own “The Last Duel,” for Disney's 20th Century Studios, launched with a paltry $4.8 million in October.
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The cast and creators opens up to ET about working on the film and how proud they are to be a part of it.Disney's latest animated film centers around the Madrigal family, who live in an enchanted town in the mountains of Colombia. While each family member has their own unique magical powers, Maribel (Stephanie Beatriz) is the only one without a special power. However, when the family's magic is under threat, she may be the only one able to save them.
The $75 million-budgeted “House of Gucci," about the family behind the Italian fashion brand, features a large cast including Adam Driver, Jared Leto and Al Pacino. But its star, Lady Gaga, who plays Patrizia Reggiani, especially drove the turnout. According to MGM, 59% of the audience was female and 45% were between the ages of 18-35. About 34% were 45 years and older — a higher turnout among older moviegoers than most releases have seen. © Provided by Associated Press This image released by MGM shows, from left, Bradley Cooper, Cooper Hoffman, and Alana Haim in a scene from "Licorice Pizza." (MGM via AP)
"Originality still counts in the public's mind," said Erik Loomis, distribution chief for MGM. "We were really pleased with the results. If you asked me going into the weekend, I was praying that the predictions were right because you just don't know today. You just don't know how the market's going to react."
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Thanksgiving weekend often accounts for around $250 million in ticket sales domestically. Overall business this weekend came in at about $142 million, according to data firm Comscore — a bit more than half of typical business but also almost seven times better than Thanksgiving 2020, when many theaters were still shuttered.
MGM has bet bigger on the theatrical recovery than most studios; its James Bond film “No Time to Die," with $755 million globally, will rank as the No. 1 film of the year. Over the weekend, MGM also released Paul Thomas Anderson's “Licorice Pizza,” a coming-of-age romance starring Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman, on four screens in 70mm for a per-screen average of $83,852 — easily the best of the pandemic. “Licorice Pizza” expands wider in the coming weeks.
“After all the talk of the reticence of certain demographics to go to the movie theater — more mature audiences and family audiences — both came out this weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “This Thanksgiving weekend at the box office should be very encouraging to the industry, for whom these audiences have been the toughest to bring back to movie theaters."
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Yatra opens up to ET about recording the song 'Dos Oruguitas' for the animated film.The 27-year-old Colombian artist sings the Spanish and English version of "Dos Oruguitas" for the Disney animated movie. Yatra worked alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote and composed eight original songs for Encanto, to bring the song to life.
Still, every step forward for the movie industry this year has been accompanied by setbacks. The discovery of the new, potentially more contagious omicron variant sent shudders through Hollywood, which has been trying to build back moviegoing habits. Even as nations scrambled to enact new travel regulations because of the variant, experts cautioned that much is still unknown about the new strain.
Last week's top film, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” slid to second place with $24.5 million in its second week after a modest 44% drop. The Sony Pictures release has grossed $87.8 million domestically and $28 million internationally. The studio's horror division, Screen Gems, also opened the R-rated “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City,” a reboot in the now seven-film videogame adaptation franchise. It debuted with $5.3 million for the three-day weekend and $8.8 million for the holiday frame.
In its fourth weekend of release Marvel's “Eternals” added $7.9 million in ticket sales over the three-day weekend to bring its North America cumulative total to $150.6 million and $368 million globally.
Focus Features expanded the Oscar contending “Belfast,” Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical tale of his childhood in the Northern Ireland city, to 1,128 locations in its third week. “Belfast” earned $1.3 million over the five-day weekend, bringing its total thus far to $5 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "Encanto," $27 million.
2. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” $24.5 million.
3. “House of Gucci,” $14.2 million.
4. “Eternals,” $2.5 million.
5. “Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City,” $5.3 million.
6. “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” $4.9 million.
7. “King Richard,” $3.3 million.
8. “Dune," $2.2 million.
9. “No Time to Die,” $1.8 million.
10. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” $1.6 million.
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Gucci heirs says ‘House of Gucci’ narrative is inaccurate .
The Gucci family is not pleased with the depiction of their relatives in the new film “ House of Gucci.” In a statement issued this week, they said the narrative is “anything but accurate” and that the filmmakers did not consult them at all. The Guccis, who have no association anymore with the global luxury brand bearing their name, have been concerned about the Ridley Scott film from the beginning. Now that it’s out, they’re taking issue with specifics, including the idea that Patrizia Reggiani, who was convicted and imprisoned for hiring a hitman to kill Maurizio Gucci, is depicted as a victim in a male-dominated company.