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Enchanted Movie Box Office: Amy Adams’ Fantasy Is Rare Woman-Focused Global Hit

Enchanted movie Amy Adams Susan SarandonEnchanted movie with Amy Adams and Susan Sarandon: Woman-centered romantic fantasy has turned out to be a worldwide box office success.
  • Enchanted movie box office: A Walt Disney Pictures release, Kevin Lima’s romantic comedy fantasy starring Amy Adams has turned out to be one of the year’s rare global box office hits centered on a female character. Patrick Dempsey, Susan Sarandon, and James Marsden costar.

Enchanted movie box office: Amy Adams romantic fantasy was last year’s sole woman-centered Top 20 hit in the domestic market

As per studio figures found at boxofficemojo.com, Walt Disney Pictures’ generally well-regarded musical fantasy Enchanted has grossed a respectable (updated final cume:) $127.8 million at the North American (U.S. and Canada only) box office.

That’s a decent figure for the $85 million production directed by Kevin Lima, and starring Academy Award nominee Amy Adams (Junebug, 2005) as a fairy-tale princess who is thrust from her (literally) 2D world into present-day New York City, where she finds romance in the person of three-dimensional divorce lawyer Patrick Dempsey.

Of note, among the Top 20 domestic box office hits released in 2007, Enchanted, at no. 20, is the only title revolving around a live-action adult female character. That is, unless one also includes Jason Reitman’s pending-motherhood comedy Juno (at no. 15), which stars 19-year-old Ellen Page as a 16-year-old mother-to-be.

Also in the Enchanted movie cast: Best Actress Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, 1995) as the humorously wicked villainess, James Marsden as Prince Charming, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, and Rachel Covey. Another Best Actress Oscar winner, Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins, 1964), narrates.

Rare female-focused international blockbuster

Update: Amy Adams’ Enchanted ultimately collected an impressive $212.7 million internationally. Worldwide total: $340.5 million – making the Disney fantasy a highly profitable venture.

Its top international markets were the United Kingdom/Ireland ($33.7 million), Japan ($27.6 million), France ($23.3 million), Mexico ($13.2 million), Spain ($12.2 million), Germany ($12.2 million), Australia ($11.8 million), and Italy ($10.8 million).

Among the Top 20 worldwide box office hits of 2007, Enchanted, at no. 15, is the only title centered on a live-action adult female character. The only other female-focused title on that chart is Chris Weitz’s domestic flop The Golden Compass (at no. 13), whose plot is propelled by the actions of Dakota Blue Richards’ pre-teen heroine.

Last year, the only woman-focused title on the Worldwide Top 20 chart was David Frankel’s The Devil Wears Prada (at no. 12), starring eventual Best Actress Oscar nominee Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. In 2005, there were two titles: Peter Jackson’s King Kong (at no. 5), with Naomi Watts as its (human) core, and Robert Schwentke’s Flightplan (at no. 15), starring Jodie Foster.


Enchanted Movie Box Office” endnotes

Unless otherwise noted, “Enchanted Movie Box Office: Amy Adams’ Fantasy Is Rare Woman-Focused Global Hit” box office information via Box Office Mojo. Budget info – which should be taken with a grain of salt – via BOM and/or other sources (e.g., the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Screen Daily, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Deadline.com, etc.).

Comments about Enchanted and other titles being hits/profitable or flops/money-losers at the box office (see paragraph below) are based on the available data about their production budget, additional marketing and distribution expenses (as a general rule of thumb, around 50 percent of the production cost), and worldwide gross (as a general rule of thumb when it comes to the Hollywood studios, around 50–55 percent of the domestic gross and 40 percent of the international gross goes to the distributing/producing companies).

Bear in mind that data regarding rebates, domestic/international sales/pre-sales, and other credits and/or contractual details that help to alleviate/split production costs and apportion revenues are oftentimes unavailable, and that reported international grosses may be incomplete (i.e., not every territory is fully – or even partially – accounted for).

Also bear in mind that ancillary revenues (domestic/global television rights, home video sales, streaming, merchandising, etc.) can represent anywhere between 40–70 percent of a movie’s total take. However, these revenues and their apportionment are only infrequently made public.

Susan Sarandon and Amy Adams Enchanted movie image: Walt Disney Pictures.

Enchanted Movie Box Office: Amy Adams’ Fantasy Is Rare Woman-Focused Global Hit” last updated in October 2022.

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