Theater counts: Ghostbusters, Encanto dominate the Thanksgiving holiday – The Numbers

November 23, 2021

Heading into Thanksgiving weekend, three new wide releases catapult into theaters with Wednesday arrivals. The largest of the three is Encanto. Directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, and with original songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Encanto opens in 3,980 locations. Coming in next is the biographical crime drama, House of Gucci, directed by Ridley Scott and starring an ensemble cast of top level Hollywood actors, including Jared Leto, Adam Driver, Jeremy Irons, Lady Gaga, and Al Pacino. House of Gucci is set to release in 3,441 theaters. Lastly, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City in 2,803 cinemas. The $25 million action horror reboot stars Kaya Scodelario and is directed by 47 Meters Down and 47 Meters Down: Uncaged helmer, Johannes Roberts.

Despite the aforementioned openings, last week’s widest release, Ghostbusters: Afterlife remains in the most theaters this week. The latest Ghostbusters film exceeded early predictions by obtaining just over $44 million during its first weekend in North America, and just short of $16 million internationally, which gives the franchise a worldwide box office total of $804 million. Afterlife will keep its 4,315 location count heading into the Holiday weekend. Clifford the Big Red Dog, drops from 3,628 to 3,331 theaters on Wednesday, then drops again to 3,292 starting Friday. Finally, with a domestic total of $137 million, Eternals loses 890 theaters this week, landing at 3,165 locations.

Opening in limited release this week from Freestyle Releasing is the suspense drama For the Love of Money. The film is about a mother who when pushed to her limit, turns to the only world she knows, a world she’s spent a lifetime running from, to protect her daughter. For the Love of Money is set to arrive in 516 theaters.

Note: Warner Bros. counts are estimates from Box Office Pro

Movie Distributor Theaters Previous
Ghostbusters Afterlife Sony Pictures 4,315 4,315
Encanto Walt Disney 3,980 New
House of Gucci United Artists Releasing 3,441 New
Clifford the Big Red Dog Paramount 3,331 3,628 -298
King Richard Warner Bros 3,302 3,302
Eternals Walt Disney 3,165 4,055 -890
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Sony Pictures 2,803 New
Venom: Let There be Carnage Sony Pictures 1,537 2,230 -693
No Time to Die United Artists Releasing 1,342 2,407 -1,065
Dune Warner Bros. 1,200 2,467 -1,267
For the Love of Money Freestyle Releasing 516 New
The French Dispatch Searchlight Pictures 450 805 -355
Ron’s Gone Wrong 20th Century Studios 450 1,520 -1,070
Antlers Searchlight Pictures 230 690 -460
India Sweets and Spices Bleecker Street 175 343 -168
The Last Duel 20th Century Studios 130 165 -35
The Addams Family 2 United Artists Releasing 107 507 -400
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Walt Disney 65 120 -55
Free Guy 20th Century Studios 45 65 -20
Movie Distributor Theaters Previous
Wolf Focus Features 250 New

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Theater counts: Ghostbusters, Encanto dominate the Thanksgiving holiday – The Numbers