'Ralph Breaks the Internet' Remains #1 with $26 Million Post-Thanksgiving Performance
by Brad Brevet
December 2, 2018
Outside of only a couple differences, this weekend's box office top ten almost mirrors last weekend's rankings exactly with Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet securing the #1 spot for a second weekend in a row. Among the differences, Universal's The Grinch switched places with Creed II as the animated feature took the runner-up position while topping $200 million domestically. In the bottom half of the top ten Sony's release of the Screen Gems horror film The Possession of Hannah Grace outperformed expectations and earned a seventh place finish.
There was no change at the top of the box office, however, as Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet is once again the #1 film in North America, delivering an estimated three-day totaling $25.75 million. From a domestic perspective, the film's performance almost matches that of Moana's dollar-for-dollar after 12 days in release with a domestic total just shy of $120 million. Internationally, the film added $33.7 million this weekend for an international cume that now totals $87.7 million and a $207 million worldwide cume.
Landing in second place is Universal and Illumination's The Grinch, which brought in an estimated $17.7 million for a domestic cume that now totals $203.5 million. For Illumination, this is now the studio's eighth film out of nine releases to top $200 million and with Christmas still 23 days away there is yet a lot of time for this one to rake in additional grosses.
Internationally, The Grinch added 20 markets this weekend for 53 total marketplaces now in play. Within those markets, the film delivered an estimated $27.1 million including strong debuts in Germany ($3.7m), France ($3.7m), Australia ($2.9m), Italy ($2.1m) and Spain ($2m). The film's international cume now totals $64.8 million with a release in Mexico set for next weekend followed by Japan and China on December 14 and Korea and Russia on December 20.
MGM's Creed II dropped -53% in its second weekend for an estimated $16.8 million and a twelve day gross that now totals over $81 million. The drop is just a couple percentage points below the first film (which is to be expected given the sheer size of the sequel's five-day debut last weekend), while the twelve day total remains ~$17 million ahead of where the first film was at the same point in release.
Internationally, Creed II started playing in a couple of smaller markets last weekend, but this weekend expanded into 29 total markets and delivered an estimated $10 million for an international cume that stands at $11.4 million. The top market was the UK where it brought in an estimated $3.9 million, placing second beyond Ralph Breaks the Internet, which also opened this weekend and topped the market with an estimated $5.2 million. Creed II also opened in Australia where it debuted with $2.2 million for a #1 finish. The film won't really begin playing in most key markets until the new year, beginning with Mexico on January 1 followed by France (Jan 9), Russia (Jan 10), Japan (Jan 11), Germany (Jan 24), Italy (Jan 24), Brazil (Jan 24) and Spain (Jan 25).
In fourth we find WB's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which kicked off its third week in release with an estimated $11.2 million and a domestic cume that is now just shy of $135 million. While the film's domestic performance is a bit of a downer, it has now topped the global box office for three straight weekends as it added another $40.2 million internationally this weekend for an overseas running cume that is now $385.3 million for a global haul just shy of $520 million. Overall, the performance is going to be a far cry from the first film which delivered nearly $235 million domestically and $814 million worldwide, which will make WB's future moves concerning the franchise something to keep an eye.
Rounding out the top five is Fox's Bohemian Rhapsody, which brought in an estimated $8.1 million as it kicks off its fifth week in release with a domestic total that is now just shy of $165 million. The film is rocking audiences internationally as well, adding an additional $37 million this weekend from 72 markets for an overseas total that now tops $375 million and a global cume just shy of $539 million. Leading the way this weekend was a $6 million, #1 debut in Italy while the UK still leads all overseas markets with a cume now just shy of $55 million.
Outside the top five, in seventh position is Sony's release of Screen Gems's R-rated horror The Possession of Hannah Grace. Heading into the weekend expectations weren't that high, but the film managed a $6.5 million opening from 2,065 locations. The film received a "C-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, playing to a crowd that was 51% female and 50% of which were aged 25 years or older.
Internationally, Hannah Grace kicked off its overseas rollout with $4.1 million in 17 markets. Leading the way was Mexico with $1 million followed by Spain with $675,000. Upcoming key market releases include France (Dec 5), Germany (Jan 31), Italy (Jan 31) and Russia (Feb 28).
The best hold in the top ten goes to Universal's Green Book, which didn't have the breakout last weekend the studio might have hoped for, but with a -29% drop this weekend and a further expansion planned for next weekend it might still have some life. The film took advantage of its National Board of Review award win for Best Film this past week to bring in an estimated $3.9 million for the weekend as its domestic total has now topped $14 million.
And topping the charts for a second weekend in a row based on per theater average is Fox Searchlight's release of The Favourite, which is now playing in 34 theaters (+30) and brought in an estimated $1.1 million for a $32,500 per theater average. The film's first weekend average compared very well to 2014's Birdman (also from Searchlight), which first began its limited release in October and ended up hauling in over $42 million despite playing in a max number of theaters totaling just 1,213. The film eventually went on to win four Oscars, including Best Picture. Look for Searchlight to follow a similar release strategy for The Favourite, which is expected to expand to 80-100 locations next weekend.
In limited release, Orion's Anna and the Apocalypse delivered an estimated $50,163 from five locations for a decent $10,033 per theater average. The film is expected to expand next weekend into approximately 30 locations.
Additionally, GKIDS released Mamoru Hosoda's MIRAI this weekend where it played in 780 theaters on Thursday evening and brought in over $210k. Following the preview event, the film played in a much smaller theater count over the weekend where it is expected to deliver around $62,000 from a varying count of locations. The film will continue to hold larger scale event screenings throughout the month and into January.
Originally, next weekend wasn't going to include any new wide releases, but in fact Universal will be re-releasing Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List into over 1,000 locations to commemorate the film's 25th anniversary. Otherwise, Focus will introduce Mary Queen of Scots to limited audiences along with limited releases of Roadside's Ben is Back, and Neon will debut Vox Lux starring Natalie Portman.
You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.
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