‘The Grinch’ Steals a Box Office Win with a $66M Debut
With the holidays quickly approaching, the Grinch is ready to steal everyone’s holiday cheer. “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” topped the box office charts this weekend, bringing in over $66M for Universal Pictures across 4,141 locations. Comparing “The Grinch” to the 2012 film “The Lorax,” the green icon falls a little short. “The Lorax” made $70M on its opening weekend before grossing over $348M worldwide. That film was directed by Chris Renaud and starred Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Taylor Swift, and Betty White. “The Grinch” was directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, the film features the voice talents of Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, and Rashida Jones. The new release bumped FOX’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” down to second-place overall on the box office charts but the musical-drama still grossed over $30.8M this weekend. Now in its second week in theaters, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has now made over $100M domestically.
Paramount Pictures’ horror-thriller “Overlord” took third-place this weekend, grossing over $10M across 2,859 locations. “Overlord” was directed by Julius Avery, the film stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, and Mathilde Ollivier. Disney took fourth-place with “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” which made $9.5M this weekend, bumping the film’s two-week total to just over $35M. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” was directed by Lasse Hallstrom, the film stars Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and Matthew MacFadyen.
“The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” from Sony Pictures, only managed to make $8M across 2,929 locations, that was good enough for fifth-place on the box office charts this weekend. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” was directed by Fede Alvarez, the film stars Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, and Lakeith Stanfield.
As we mentioned earlier, there are several major releases opening in theaters next weekend that will most likely put an end to the Grinch’s reign at the top. Warner Bros. Pictures will release “Fantastic Beasts 2” next weekend, along with the comedy “Instant Family” with Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, and Isabela Moner. FOX is also scheduled to release Steve McQueen’s crime-thriller “Widows” with Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, and Elizabeth Debicki.