Box Office Guru Wrapup: Enchanted Conjures Up $50M Thanksgiving Debut

The latest Disney movie was no holiday turkey.

The animated hit Bee Movie followed in fifth with an estimated $12M, off just 14%, for a $112.1M sum to date for Paramount. Warner Bros. was close behind with rival family offering Fred Claus which dipped 10% to an estimated $10.7M pushing the total to $53.1M.

Studio stablemate August Rush opened in seventh place with an estimated $9.4M over three days and $13.3M across five days. The family drama about a young musical genius averaged a moderate $4,082 over the Friday-to-Sunday period. American Gangster remained strong in its fourth frame grossing an estimated $9.2M, down 29%, upping its cume for Universal to $115.8M.

Two more new wide releases rounded out the top ten. The Mist, a terror tale based on a Stephen King story, debuted in ninth place with an estimated $9.1M with a five-day take of $13M. Attacking 2,423 theaters, the R-rated film averaged a mild $3,740 over three days. Horror films typically do not see huge numbers over Thanksgiving weekend as most moviegoers are in the mood for more cheery and upbeat films. Miramax expanded its Coen brothers hit No Country for Old Men into nationwide release and captured an estimated $8.1M over three days. The crime thriller averaged a superb $9,433 and lifted its total to $16.6M.

Opening to solid results from the arthouses was the Bob Dylan pic I'm Not There which grossed an estimated $757,000 from just 130 venues over the three-day period. The Weinstein Co. release averaged a respectable $5,823 per site and collected $1M over the long holiday session.

The top ten films grossed $141.8M over the weekend which was up less than 1% from last year when Happy Feet remained at number one with $37M; but off 1% from 2005 when Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire stayed on top with $54.7M.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

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