December is here, oh lord, how did it happen? There weren’t any big releases this past weekend, although the holiday season is, of course, a major boon for the box office. Expect a lot of major players in the coming weeks. With the omicron variant rearing its ugly head, it will certainly be interesting to see if audiences forgo their traditional Christmas movie theater visit in favor of home entertainment. It’s not like they’re out of options.
This weekend, Disney Encanto remained in the # 1 spot with gross income of $ 12.7 million. It’s a 53% drop from the previous weekend but a heartwarming victory for Maison de la Souris nonetheless. There were equally large drops for other earlier releases over the past weekend, including a 57.2% drop for Ghostbusters: the afterlife, which comfortably exceeded the domestic gross total of $ 100 million. Gucci House also saw a gross drop of 53%. So far, this movie has grossed around $ 67 million worldwide, which is still a few pounds away from its announced budget of $ 75 million. Lady Gaga just won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, so expect that palooza accent to stick.
The highest grossing new movie of the week was called Christmas with the elect: the messengers, which grossed $ 4.1 million from 1,700 theaters. This film is apparently a spin-off of a faith-based series about the life of Jesus. Apparently, series creator Dallas Jenkins wanted to tell the story of Christ in a binge-watch series similar to Game Of Thrones, although I imagine his show has less of everything that made Game Of Thrones popular. This Christmas special is, of course, the Nativity. Eh.
Anime film debuts at number ten Sword Art Online: Progressive – Aria of a Starless Night. I wish Hollywood movies had those kinds of titles. It grossed $ 1.05 million in 840 theaters.
In the news of the independent release, the drama of lesbian nuns by Paul Verhoeven Benedetta made $ 145,000 in 202 theaters. Um, I guess all these protests against his sacrilegious nature haven’t deterred people. This is funny. The drama Wolf made $ 81,000 in 308 theaters.
This coming week sees the release of rom-com The hate game, Sean Baker’s Red rocket, the biopic Being the Ricardos, and the musical West Side Story.
You can check out the rest of the weekend ticket office here.
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