‘Enchanted’ continues making magic

Disney film has historic Friday with $14.4 mill

The $14.4 million Friday haul for Disney’s “Enchanted” was one for the Mouse House storybooks.

Pic’s take yesterday at 3,730 sites marked the second highest Friday for a Disney film playing over the Thanksgiving frame, ranking just behind the $22.6 million chalked up by the wide expansion of “Toy Story 2” in 1999. According to Rentrak, “Enchanted’s” Friday B.O. is also the highest among Disney live-action fare playing over the Thanksgiving frame, outstripping the $13.1 million generated by “101 Dalmatians” in 1996.

Since its Wednesday debut, “Enchanted” has wooed $29.2 million and is pacing ahead of previous Disney turkey day titles like 2004’s “National Treasure,” 2000’s “Unbreakable,” 1998’s “A Bug’s Life” and 1996’s “Dalmatians” — all of which coincidentally grossed $46 million each over the Wednesday through Sunday holiday frame.

Sony-Screen Gems comedy-drama “This Christmas” cheered up $7.4 million yesterday on 1,858, raising its total cume since Wednesday to $15.8 million. Pic’s opening marks a career high for its director Preston A. Whitmore II whose previous credits include the urban drama “Crossover,” which bowed to $4.4 million in September 2006, and the Vietnam War pic “The Walking Dead” which opened to $2.3 million in February 1995.

In third, Paramount-Shangri-La’s “Beowulf” grossed $6.6 million off 3,218 playdates, dipping a respectable 34% from its first Friday for a current eight-day cume of $46.7 million.

In fourth, Fox’s “Hitman” clipped $5.2 million from 2,458 theaters for a three-day loot of $13.2 million.

Other holdovers mostly saw notable upticks in their Friday-to-Friday B.O. thanks to holiday moviegoing. In fifth place, “Bee Movie” buzzed up a sweet 46% with a daily take yesterday of $4.9 million from 3,507 theaters. The current cume for the DreamWorks animated pic, distributed by Paramount, is $105 million.

Warner Bros.’ “Fred Claus” posted a jolly 35% uptick in its third Friday, bagging $4.36 million from 3,603 for sixth place and a current B.O. to date of $46.7 million.

In eighth place, Universal’s “American Gangster” charted a modest 5% dip from last Friday with $3.7 million from 2,799 hardtops and a total cume of $110.7 million.

Though Fox Walden’s “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” slotted tenth on Friday with $3.36 million from 3,168, kid pic registered a 29% uptick in business from it’s opening day with a current cume of $17.7 million.

Wednesday openers “August Rush” and “The Mist” held the seventh and ninth spots respectively. “Rush,” about an orphaned musical prodigy, grossed $3.8 million on 2,310 for a three-day take of $7.7 million, while “Mist” rolled in $3.39 million from 2,423 bringing its cume since Wednesday to $7.3 million.

Miramax-Paramount Vantage’s “No Country for Old Men” surged 296% from last Friday thanks to its wide expansion to 860 theaters. The Coen Brothers’ crime-drama collected $3.1 million yesterday for an estimated total cume of $12 million.

Weinstein Co.’s Bob Dylan biopic “I’m Not There” warbled a wonderful $272,000 from 130 coffeehouses, raising its 3-day B.O. to $518,385.

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