Thanksgiving is always a HUGE Box Office weekend for Hollywood with films releasing days earlier than normal to take advantage of the extended holiday vacation. In 2018 this past weekend was more competitive than normal with three big releases looking to score the top spot, including two highly anticipated sequels, which threatened Thanksgiving records in one of the year’s most competitive weekends to date. So, who ended up coming out on top? Let’s dive in and find out in this week’s Box Office Breakdown.
Topping the chart was Disney’s highly anticipated sequel “Ralph Breaks the Internet” which nearly broke the box office. The follow-up to “Wreck-It Ralph”, this sequel sees the titular Ralph journey into the internet to find a new steering wheel for his friend Vanellope’s game and was a huge hit with critics including me. You can read my review of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” here if you want to know more. “Ralph’s” five-day gross totaled $84.5 million domestically, second only to “Frozen” in that category. In fact, with “Ralph Breaks the Internet” Disney now own all but TWO spots on the top ten all time Thanksgiving weekend debuts. “Ralph” also delivered $41.5 million overseas bringing its global total in it’s opening weekend to $125.9 million blowing away the totals from the original film’s debut.
“Ralph” wasn’t the only film to make a splash over Thanksgiving weekend. MGM’s hotly anticipated “Creed II”, the newest entry in the “Rocky” franchise and second in the reboot series focusing on Apollo Creed’s son, stole some thunder from Disney’s Thanksgiving dominance by becoming the seventh highest debut ever for the holiday weekend and the highest grossing debut for a live action film over Thanksgiving with $55.8 million over five days. That performance is also $16 million over the first film’s debut numbers helping “Creed II” hold strong in second for the weekend easily and also giving the box office it’s best one-two debut of the year so far and the first time two movies have grossed over $55 million in the same opening weekend in 2018. You can read my review of “Creed II” here.
Looking at the rest of the top five “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” held on to third after topping the box office last week and benefited from holiday crowds to the tune of $42.9 million domestically. “The Grinch” also held strong with its own $42 million weekend while “Bohemian Rhapsody” rounded out the top five with $19.37 million. This is by far the best top five in terms of combined gross for a single weekend of 2018 domestically. It’s also the first time this year that all four of the top four movies grossed over $40 million respectively in a single weekend. The Mark Wahlberg comedy “Instant Family” held on for a sixth-place finish and you have to go back to seventh to find the weekend’s other new wide released, the critically panned “Robin Hood” reboot which took in only $14.2 million over five days. You can read my review of the film from my early screening here. Rounding out the top ten were “Widows” in eighth, the now expanded “Green Book” in ninth and “A Star in Born” it tenth.
This coming weekend is going to be a slow one. I predict “Ralph” will top the box office for a second weekend and that much of the top ten probably won’t change as the only new entry in theaters will be the horror film “The Possession of Hannah Grace”. Another horror feature “Anna and the Apocalypse” will also get a limited release. Meanwhile potential Oscar favorites are all expanding including “The Front Runner “, “Green Book”, “The Favourite” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” a few of which I will be taking the time to see so look for my review of some of these films coming soon.