wreck-it-ralph-2 weekend box office

In an amazingly slow weekend, ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ held onto the #1 spot by a mere $1 million, fending off ‘The Grinch’, a movie that’s been out for a month, but that is seeing a resurgence thanks to Christmas approaching.  ‘Ralph’ earned $16.1M as opposed to ‘The Grinch”s $15.1M.  This marks the first time that two animated movies have held the top two spots at the box office for two weeks in a row.

Next week, there will likely be three animated movies at the top, as ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ is expected to take #1 with a projected $35M.  The NY Film Critics Circle just named it Best Animated Film of the year and it was also nominated for a Golden Globe.  It’s also sitting at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes.

‘Aquaman’ doesn’t open in the US until December 21 (a sneak preview on the 15th), but Warner Brothers has already unleashed it in China, where it has already amassed $94M.  That’s 85% of all movie ticket sales in that country and with $14M in IMAX sales, that marks Warner Brothers’ biggest large-format opening in China.

Paramount held paid sneak previews of ‘Bumblebee’ on Saturday night, but only at 325 theaters (versus the 1,000 theaters previews of ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ and ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’).

Though they didn’t chart in the Top Five, ‘Green Book’, ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘The Favourite’ all saw a boost thanks to the Golden Globe nominations.

  1. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney) – $16.1M
  2. The Grinch (Universal/Illuminations) – $15.1M
  3. Creed II (MGM/New Line) – $10.3M
  4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner Brothers) – $6.8M
  5. Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox/New Regency/GK Films) – $6M

With Christmas approaching, studios are starting to roll out major features.  Next week, there should finally be some shakeups.  As stated, ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ should nab #1.  Spidey is facing some super competition in the form of 20th Century Fox’s ‘Once Upon a Deadpool’.  Also opening is ‘Mortal Engines’ and the Clint Eastwood drama ‘The Mule’.

Check back to see how things play out!

Source: Deadline