“Flubber” bounced to the top of the box office and the fourth “Alien” movie scared up some strong numbers as both made their debuts over the five-day Thanksgiving period.
The Robin Williams film about rubbery green goo earned $36.4 million, according to estimates Sunday by Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.
“Alien Resurrection,” starring Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder, was the only other film to open in wide release. It grossed $27.2 million.
“Flubber,” Disney’s remake of its 1961 comedy “The Absent Minded Professor,” didn’t beat last year’s record Thanksgiving opening of $45.1 million for another Disney remake, the live-action version of “101 Dalmatians.” However, “Dalmatians” was the only wide-release premiere that weekend.
A PG-13 comedy, the British import “Bean,” was No. 9 but had the lowest audience drop-off of any top 10 film. Its take of $4.1 million was off just 4 percent from a week earlier.
Family-oriented movies often do better during holiday weekends, said industry analyst David Davis, a vice president at the investment banking firm of Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin.
Davis noted that Fox’s animated musical “Anastasia” also performed well in its second week against Disney’s rerelease of “The Little Mermaid.”
“Anastasia” fell from No. 2 to No. 3 with $16.7 million. “The Little Mermaid” was No. 8 with $4.7 million in ticket sales.
“It’s put Fox on the map and establishes it as the leading competitor to Disney,” Davis said.