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411 Box Office Report: Ralph Breaks the Internet Tops The Grinch For Third Week at #1

December 9, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Ralph Breaks the Internet

It was a threepeat for Ralph Breaks the Internet at the box office, as the film held onto its #1 spot this weekend. The animated family comedy brought in $16.1 million in its third frame, off a solid 37% from last weekend, to top the list. The film benefited from a lack of new releases to retain its spot and is sitting pretty with $140.9 million domestically and $251.2 million worldwide.

Thus far, the film is in very good shape. It is sitting ahead of Wreck-It Ralph’s $121.8 million at the same point in its run and is well ahead of where the film stood internationally at the same point. The film’s domestic total is looking to end above $200 million, and will be a hit for Disney against a budget of $175 million.

The Grinch put up a strong challenge to Ralph for the top spot, but ultimately had to settle for a close #2. The Universal/Illumination remake of the animated classic edged down just 15% for a $15.2 million weekend. That is a very good hold, and puts the film up to $223.5 million domestically and $322.4 million worldwide. The comedy looks likely to remain strong throughout the holiday season, with a final domestic tally that should be around $250 million or more. The budget was a relatively light $75 million, making this a big winner for the studios.

Creed II was down 38% in its third weekend, scoring $10.3 million. That’s fairly comparable to the 33% third-weekend drop for the first Creed. The new film has grossed $96.5 million domestically thus far, with $119.7 million worldwide. This puts the film in the range of $125 million at the US box office by the time it closes The production budget was $50 million.

After a couple of heavy drops, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald had a more moderate slip in its fourth weekend. The blockbuster pulled in $6.8 million, down 40% from last weekend’s take. It has $145.2 million domestically and $568.5 million worldwide to date, pacing well behind the numbers of the first film. It remains a hit for Warner Bros. though, and should end up with around $165 million in domestic numbers. The budget was $200 million.

Bohemian Rhapsody remains a sleeper hit, dropping just 25% to $6 million in its sixth weekend. The Freddy Mercury biopic has grossed $173.6 million domestically and a stellar $596.6 million worldwide thus far, making it the ninth-highest grossing film of 2018 worldwide at this point. The budget was $52 million, and it should end up around $185 million.

Also sitting firmly in sleeper territory is Instant Family. The adoption-themed comedy was off just 22% in its fourth weekend with $5.6 million. That brings the film’s grosses to $54.2 million domestically and $60.5 million worldwide against a $48 million budget. With the way the film has been holding, it looks likely to end up clearing the profit line for Paramount with a $70 million domestic total.

We’re officially in awards season after the Golden Globes were announced on Thursday, and Green Book is one of the first films to benefit from that. Bouyed by five nominations, the period dramedy held onto all of its numbers from last weekend with a $3.9 million take. This is very encouraging for Universal, as the film opened only moderately. The movie has $20 million total domestically and could now make it up to $40 million if the film continues good holds and picks up more awards momentum. On a $23 million budget, profit is going to moderate at best.

Robin Hood is still a bomb, but its drop of just 25% this weekend was a tiny bit of silver around the enormous dark cloud that is its financials. The action film brought in $3.6 million, but it is far too late for this one. It currently sits at $27.3 million after three weekends and $65.8 million worldwide against a costly $90 million budget. The final domestic total should reach $38 million or so.

The Possession of Hannah Grace had an okay hold for a horror film, dropping 50% to $3.2 million. The horror film is looking okay thanks to its moderate $9.5 million budget, as it is sitting at $11.5 million domestically and $23 million worldwide. The final domestic total should be around $18 million to $20 million.

Widows closed out the top ten with $3.1 million, down 30% in its fourth weekend. The Steve McQueen-directed has a total of $38.2 million domestically and $65.1 million worldwide thus far. It should be able to end its domestic run at around $45 million and will need continued returns in international countries for a profit against its $42 million budget.

After two weeks of holdovers, a new film will top the box office at last next weekend. That should belong to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse which is riding a wave of critical acclaim to what should be around $35 million. Clint Eastwood’s The Mule will fight with Mortal Engines for second place, with both targeting a mid-teens start.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Domestic Numbers)
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet – $16.1 million ($140.9 million total)
2. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – $15.2 million ($223.5 million total)
3. Creed II – $10.3 million ($96.5 million total)
4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – $6.8 million ($145.2 million total)
5. Bohemian Rhapsody – $6 million ($173.6 million total)
6. Instant Family – $5.6 million ($54.2 million total)
7. Green Book – $3.9 million ($20 million total)
8. Robin Hood – $3.6 million ($27.3 million total)
9. The Possession of Hannah Grace – $3.2 million ($11.5 million total)
10. Widows – $3.1 million ($38.2 million total)


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