Let the feast begin: Thanksgiving releases and awards season contenders, Disney‘s Wish and Apple Original Films and Sony‘s Napoleon are set to open over the Wednesday to Sunday holiday stretch with respective grosses of $50M+ and $24M+. Both movies open on Thanksgiving eve, Nov. 22.
Wish, if it hits its projection, would rep the biggest original animated opening in the past six years since Coco which did $72.9M over five days; also a Thanksgiving Disney release. Families and females are showing the best support at the moment. The song “This is the Thanks I Get” dropped recently last week and has been spurring interest for the movie that features Oscar winner Ariana DeBose.
Ridley Scott’s Napoleon is of course tracking with older and younger guys, and its 5-day opening is in the range of the helmer’s previous Thanksgiving 2021 launch, House of Gucci, which did $22M over 5-days as well as Prime Video’s Ben Affleck directed title Air which minted $20.2M in a 5-day launch this past Easter.
Napoleon reps Apple’s second mega wide theatrical release on a long window after Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon which Paramount distributed. That pic opened to a solid $23.2M in the middle of an actors strike where performers aren’t permitted to promote struck work. Napoleon begins media previews next Wednesday. The movie starring Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix in the title role has a 2 hour 38 minute running time which is significantly shorter than Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon at 3 1/2 hours.