Napoleon in a close battle with desire – The Hollywood Reporter

The notorious French Emperor and military leader Napoleon Bonaparte would be proud.

Ridley Scott’s new historical epic Napoleon, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role, turns out to be a surprise box office victor on Thanksgiving. The film, which opened Wednesday in North America, is on track to earn as much as $36.5 million to $37.5 million in the five-day holiday pass, putting it in an unexpectedly close race with Disney Animation. he wishes.

From Apple Original Films and Sony, Napoleon It comes in well ahead of expectations despite earning an unflattering B- CinemaScore from moviegoers. Males made up nearly 70 percent of Wednesday’s audience, while more than half of ticket buyers were over the age of 35, including 15 percent over the age of 55, according to PostTrak exits. The film grossed $7.7 million for the day, including $3 million in previews.

Napoleon It is the second major theatrical release from Apple Original Films after the Martin Scorsese film Moonflower Killers, which is currently showing in theaters via Paramount. Apple Original Films fully financed both films, both of which have Oscar ambitions. Sony is Apple’s global distribution and marketing partner Napoleon.

Heading to the Thanksgiving frame, Napoleon He was looking at a five-day getaway worth $22 million to $25 million.

Tracking was he wishes, an original story with no affiliated IP, tops the Thanksgiving chart with a five-day festival in the $45 million to $50 million range, but those projections appear to have been too optimistic. Disney had a tough year at the box office, culminating in its recent bankruptcy Wondersand could have used a disqualifying win.

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he wisheswhich earned $8.3 million on Wednesday, can overcome a soft opening if it runs throughout December and into the year-end holidays, buoyed by an A- CinemaScore and strong PostTrak exits.

both of them he wishes And Napoleon They go up against The Hunger Games: Song of Songbirds And snakes Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls band together. Both of these films opened last weekend in order to get a jump on Thanksgiving week, which can be one of the most lucrative periods of the year for moviegoing.

with he wishes Struggling, Lionsgate hunger Games The prequel is now expected to top the five-day (Wednesday-Sunday) Thanksgiving chart with $40 million to $42 million in a win for Liongate’s attempt to launch a new episodic franchise.

Trolls band together It is eyeing a fourth finale with an estimated five-day gross of $27 million.

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