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Enchanted 'enchants' US audiences

Enchanted

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY’S modern-day fairytale Enchanted took a spellbinding $50million over the 5-day Thanksgiving weekend in America, making it one of the biggest box office openings ever for the US holiday.

Enchanted features an all star cast and follows the beautiful princess Giselle (Amy Adams) as she is banished by an evil queen (Susan Sarandon) from her magical fairytale land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan.

The film co-stars Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden and Timothy Spall and opene across cinemas in the UK on December 14.

The US figures mark the second biggest Thanksgiving opening in history, behind Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 2.

The film also opened at number 1 in eight other international territories this weekend (all during a non-holiday period).

Commenting on the success of the film, its producer Barry Josephson paid tribute to its star, Adams, who has previously been Oscar nominated for Junebug: “She truly has just this incredible exuberance you don’t often see on screen. And she’s a big surprise for people who don’t know her. It’s a breakout role.”

In what proved to be an extremely popular weekend at the movies for US filmgoers, Sony’s family comedy This Christmas took second place with £8.9m, while animated fantasy Beowulf dropped to third with £7.8m.

The top five was rounded out by action film Hitman and Bee Movie.

According to early studio estimates, the top 12 films took $218.1m (£105.5m) over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, which is good news for Hollywood after a two month-long slump at the box office.

  1. I was interested to read that ‘Enchanted’ is so popular. I have entered a competition to win tickets to a preview in Sydney on 10/12. Now I am really hoping that my family will win. Thanks for the review!

    Anna Spencer    Nov 28    #