The weekend after Thanksgiving is typically slow at the box office, which is why no major releases were scheduled to debut. As a result, Disney’s ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ reigned supreme for a second weekend, leveling up with another $25.8M.
Perhaps it’s due to the approach of Christmas, but ‘The Grinch’ spiked back up to the #2 spot, earning an additional $17.7M, bringing its running domestic box office total to $203.5M.
That edged ‘The Grinch’ past last week’s #2 movie, ‘Creed II’ which made $16.8M, following its record-setting opening last week, as the highest-grossing live action Thanksgiving weekend opener, with $55.8M.
Not hanging in so well is ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ which made $11.2M in its third weekend. That’s after it opened to $62.2M versus the $75M that the first film opened to. Audience reaction hasn’t been as favorable, with a B+ PostTrak score, versus ‘Where to Find Them’‘s A. Critics weren’t as generous, with ‘Crime of Grindelwald’ sitting at a Rotten 40% score on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to the first movie’s 74% Fresh.
With the exception of ‘The Grinch’ shooting back up, there was no change in the rankings this week, as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ earned $8.1M and landed in fifth place again.
- Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney) – $25.8M
- The Grinch (Universal/Illuminations) – $17.7M
- Creed II (MGM/New Line) – $16.8M
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner Brothers) – $11.2M
- Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox/New Regency/GK Films) – $8.1M
This weekend’s only wide release, ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ opened with $6.5M putting it at #7, but unlike last weekend’s ‘Robin Hood’ which also premiered at #7, this horror movie only cost $6M to make and $12M to market. It’s still not in the black, but it’s nowhere near as far in the red as the $100M+ budgeted ‘Robin Hood’.
Don’t expect much of a shakeup next weekend either, as only a few indie prestige pictures are opening– Julia Roberts vehicle ‘Ben Is Back’, and limited releases ‘Mary Queen of Scots’, pop musical ‘Vox Lux’ starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law, and the 25th anniversary re-release of ‘Schindler’s List’.