Disney's Colombia-inspired Encanto was the top grossing film, earning $40.3 million in the U.S. alone, according to Boxoffice Pro.
The film beat two other recently released films: House of Gucci and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. The former, starring Lady Gaga, grossed $21.8 million, while the latter came in at $8.8 million.
Outside the U.S., the Disney film has also been a hit during its opening week, reaching $29.3 million in a three-day frame of 47 markets, according to Boxoffice Pro.
The best performing countries for Encanto are France ($3.5 million), United Kingdom ($2.4 million), South Korea ($2.2 million), Italy ($2.1 million) and of course, the country that inspired its creation, Colombia ($2.6 million).
"The animated film ended its worldwide opening weekend with $69.6 million," cited Boxoffice pro.
So far, Encanto’s earnings in its first five days in theaters are a far cry from films such as Frozen II ($125 million) and Coco ($72.9 million), The Hollywood Reporter said. Both animated films were also released during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2019 and 2017, respectively.
The ‘Encanto’ of Colombia
With original music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Encanto tells the story of a family in the mountains of Colombia gifted with special powers — except for daughter Mirabel, who ends up having to save the others.
According to figures released by Munir Falah, director of Cine Colombia, Encanto was seen by approximately 641,000 people during the weekend following its release in the country.
"The industry in Colombia achieves a new record in cinema attendance in a single day, in times of pandemic [...] 350,000 people entered yesterday (Sunday) throughout the country, the vast majority to see Encanto," said Falah on Twitter.
The film could hold on to the top spot heading towards Christmas festivities, and is already shaping up to be a new Disney classic.