Featuring songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Encanto” was able to win over critics and audiences alike. The family-friendly musical feature earned a 92 percent Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score and a straight ‘A’ grade from CinemaScore. Plus, the film’s number one opening marks the best for an animated film since the pandemic began.
All in all the film took in $27 million over the three-day weekend and $40.3 million since Wednesday. Overseas it grossed another $29.3 million, making its five-day worldwide total $69.6 million.
The animated musical is set in Colombia where it tells the story of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals. The studio describes the plot as: “[The Madrigals] live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.”
Common Sense Media reports the film is good for ages six and up, and highlights important lessons like empathy, teamwork and courage. The film also includes diverse on-screen representation and spotlights Colombian culture. The voice cast includes John Leguizamo, Wilmer Valderrama, Maluma, Adassa, María Cecilia Botero, Angie Cepeda, Diane Guerrero and Jessica Darrow.