It was a slow weekend for the box office and a predictable one at that with holdovers galore and only one new wide release in the post-Thanksgiving weekend. The likes of “Creed II”, “The Grinch”, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and others all tried to earn some extra income with little competition standing in their way but only one could come out on top. Who won the war? Let’s take a look at the numbers in this week’s Box Office Breakdown.
Disney dominated for a second week in a row with a $26 million sophomore weekend by “Ralph Breaks the Internet”. The animated sequel nearly broke the all-time Thanksgiving record last weekend and showed incredible staying power after only 12 days. The film also earned another $33.7 million overseas bringing its worldwide total to $207 million. Another animated offering, “The Grinch” continued its own strong run with a $17.7 million second place finish marking the first time in six years that the top two spots have been composed of animated productions dating back to the weekend of June 22, 2012 when Pixar’s “Brave” and DreamWorks’ “Madagascar 3” held the top positions.
MGM’s “Creed II” dropped one spot to third with a $16.8 million weekend. The sequel nearly matched the drop of the first film showing consistent interest in the “Rocky” spinoff series. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” held on to fourth while “Bohemian Rhapsody” rounded out the top five. “Instant Family” held it’s sixth place spot from last week as well. You have to go back to seventh to find “The Possession of Hannah Grace”, the only new addition to the top ten. The horror feature surpassed expectations with a $6.5 million weekend despite poor reviews. You can read my own review of the film here. It’s success it likely due to being the only genre piece and only new release on a slow weekend. “Robin Hood”, Widows”, “Green Book” and “A Star is Born” rounded out the top ten.
Another slow weekend approaches with no new wide release features scheduled for the weekend. However, we will start to see some potential award season favorites make their mark in limited release including “Ben is Back”, “Vox Lux” and “Mary Queen of Scots”. I will certainly be checking these out as they become available in my area so look for my reviews coming soon. I also may have a fun surprise review this weekend as well so stay tuned!