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LOS ANGELES, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Disney’s fairy-tale romantic comedy “Enchanted” charmed audiences over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, taking in more than $50 million at the North American box office.
“Enchanted,” which stars Amy Adams as a fairy-tale princess in modern-day New York City, collected $50.1 million for what Disney executives said was the second-highest, five-day Thanksgiving weekend box-office tally.
The film’s producer, Barry Josephson, credited the movie’s better-than expected showing on its broad appeal to families and fresh approach, as well as Adams’ performance as the naive princess coping on the mean streets of New York.
“Amy Adams really brought such a great spirit to the character. She truly has just this incredible exuberance you don’t often see on screen,” Josephson said. “She is a big surprise for people who don’t know her and it’s a breakout role.”
Josephson said “Enchanted” brought in the highest five-day Thanksgiving weekend box office for a non-sequel, trailing only 1999’s “Toy Story 2.”
"We are ecstatic about it," said Mark Zoradi, president of Disney's DIS.N motion picture group, who also praised performances by Adams and her co-star, Patrick Dempsey.
“It struck a chord in family movie-going where it’s not only great romantic comedy but it had all those little special things tying back to Disney history and music, and it just played across the board,” he said.
The second spot on this weekend’s box-office chart went to the family reunion film “This Christmas,” a Screen Gems production distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment. It also outperformed expectations by drawing $27.1 million.
Third was last week’s box-office winner, the medieval battlefield epic “Beowulf,” a 3-D hyrid of animation and live action that garnered $23.3 million for a two-week total of $56.4 million.
It was followed in fourth place by “Hitman” at $21 million and Jerry Seinfeld’s animated “Bee Movie,” which finished fifth with $15.9 million. The take for “Bee Movie” pushed its four-week total to $112.1 million.
"Beowulf" and "Bee Movie" were distributed by Paramount Pictures, which is owned by Viacom Inc. VIAb.N. Beowulf is being handled internationally by Warner Bros. Pictures, a unit of Time Warner Inc TWX.N.
"Hitman" was released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp. NWSa.N
Sony Pictures is a unit of Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp. 6758.T (Editing by Xavier Briand)
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