Weekend estimates: Encanto leads modest Thanksgiving weekend

The first Thanksgiving with a full slate of new releases during the pandemic was full of uncertainty for theater owners. Family audiences have been returning to theaters but remain at about half their usual level, while the older crowd is mostly on the sidelines and at around 30% of its pre-pandemic size. A holiday weekend … Read more

Theater counts: Ghostbusters, Encanto dominate the Thanksgiving holiday

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 … Read more

‘Encanto’ director brings Latin experience to the animated feature

NEW YORK — Charise Castro Smith, the first Latino woman to co-direct a Walt Disney Animation Studios movie, admits that she has felt terrified at times. But when the chance to work on “Encanto” came around, she had no doubts. “I said, ‘I have to do this. I have to,’” Castro Smith said in an … Read more