Ralph Breaks the Internet and the box office with $126 million over 5 days
Six years after its predecessor debuted, Ralph Breaks The Internet debuted with the #2 Thanksgiving opening ever behind only Frozen, and the third biggest Thanksgiving weekend performance overall (behind only The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen). The sequel brought in an estimated $84.5 million in its domestic debut across the five days with $55.67 million for the traditional weekend. Internationally, Ralph Breaks The Internet is off to a strong start in China, Russia, and Mexico bringing in another $41.5 million this weekend from international territories. Globally the film has earned $126 million already. Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, the sequel is directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston.
Creed II set a new standard for the revived Rocky series, knocking out the numbers previously set by 2015’s Creed. The sequel opened to the tune of $55.8 million for the five day holiday weekend, with $35.29 million from Friday to Sunday. The first Creed opened with $42.1 million in that same five day time frame. Steven Caple Jr. directed the sequel which once again stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson, plus Florian “The Big Nasty” Munteanu as Viktor Drago and Dolph Lundgren returning to the role of Ivan Drago.
Universal Pictures new animated version of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch fell to third place for the holiday weekend with another $42 million for the Thanksgiving weekend, $30 million for Friday to Sunday. The animated feature now sits at $180.44 million domestically. Internationally the film has brought in $35.3 million for a Global total of $215.8 million. Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice as the title character of the animated film, it’s directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney.
Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the 10th feature film in the Wizarding World, fell from first to fourth place for the weekend. The film brought in $42.37 million over the holiday weekend, posting $29.65 million for Friday to Sunday. The film now sits at $117 million domestically, a huge drop off from the first Fantastic Beasts which had brought in $156 million at this same time in 2016. Internationally the sequel has brought in $322.6 million for a global total of $439.7 million. Directed once again by David Yates and from a script by JK Rowling, the film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamandar alongside returning stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, and Ezra Miller. They’re joined by Claudia Kim, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, with Jude Law as Dumbledore and Johnny Depp as the titular Grindelwald.
20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody fell to fifth place but dropped just 13.6% with a three day weekend haul of $13.855 million. The film’s international haul now sits at $320 million, giving it a global total of $472 million. Directed by Bryan Singer the film stars Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, and Joseph Mazzello. Also starring are Lucy Boynton, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander and Mike Myers.
Paramount Pictures’ Instant Family also had an impressive weekend to weekend hold, dropping just 13.8% and bringing in $12.5 million for the weekend. The family comedy has now brought in $35.75 million domestically, within spitting distance of star Mark Wahlberg’s previous 2018 release Mile 22. Wahlberg stars alongside Rose Byrne in the film with Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro, Isabela Moner and Iliza Shlesinger.
Lionsgate’s Robin Hood, the first entry in a hopeful cinematic universe, hit a brick wall by opening in seventh place with a five day haul of $14.2 million. Directed by Otto Bathurst, the film stars Taron Egerton as the title hero with Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan , Eve Hewson , Tim Minchin, Paul Anderson, and Ben Mendelsohn.
Fox’s adult thriller Widows fell from fifth to eighth place, but managed a decent hold by dropping 35.6% and bringing in $7.955 million. The film has now brought in $25.585 million domestically, coupled with its $13 million international total the film has a worldwide total of $38.6 million. Directed by Steve McQueen, the film stars Viola Davis , Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo with Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.