Actually, not so much. Apart from some fighting shoppers in the South, it was relatively calm, and that's something we'll likely see repeated because the very sorts of places that initiated the annual feeding frenzy are now seeing a backlash from shoppers and employees alike.
REI announced that it would be closed not only on Thanksgiving Day but also on Black Friday itself. In fact, they made Black Friday a paid holiday for employees and encouraged them to spend they day outdoors rather than at a mall. Nearly 70% of shoppers nationwide have acquired a decidedly negative view of the "Hunger Games" cachet that Black Friday has assumed, and businesses like REI are capitalizing on the backlash; by refusing to open, they're not leaving cash on the table - they're getting free advertising because a store that declines to participate in Black Friday madness? That's news, folks!
And REI and others get to save a bundle on ad buys.