America is loving the new sequels at the box office this year and we might see some new records before Cyber Monday rolls around. The “Fantastic Beasts,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” and “Creed” franchises filled theaters across the country over this Thanksgiving weekend, with audiences driving one of the largest Turkey Days ever for movie studios.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Creed II” are the two big Turkey Day drivers this year, and the films could be setting a five-day box office record for the holiday. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is trending to make over $89M at the box office, the animated-comedy debuted in over 4,107 locations. The five-day turkey record that “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is hoping to break is $94M, which was put in place by Disney’s own “Frozen” franchise in 2013. The original “Wreck-It Ralph” film also opened in November but much earlier in the month. “Wreck-It Ralph” had a $49M opening across 3,752 locations in 2012, the film then went on to make over $471M worldwide.
While “Ralph Breaks the Internet” seems destined to take the top spot on the domestic charts this week, “Creed II” is still packing a punch. That sequel is expected to make $60M this week, which is another big improvement from the original installment to the franchise. The original “Creed” had a $29M opening in 2015 and that film went on to make over $173M worldwide.
Not every film is crushing the Thanksgiving Day Weekend, Lionsgate’s “Robin Hood” film is struggling to find a foothold at the crowded box office, and the new release is estimated to land in seventh-place overall. That’s below films that releases three-weeks ago. “Robin Hood” should close out the holiday with roughly $15M across 2,715 locations, about $85M short of the film’s budget so far. Worldwide markets and a slower box office schedule should help the film rebound, but we will have to wait and see how long this actioner stays in theaters.
The films that opened earlier in the month to avoid the Thanksgiving rush are still doing well overall. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is expected to get third-place this weekend with a $41M run. “The Grinch” will most likely land in fourth-place overall with $41M, but it’s a close race for third. It will be interesting to see which film ends up with the win.
The big release next weekend is “Possession of Hannah Grace” with former “Pretty Little Liar” star Shay Mitchell. The specialty box office has two big movies coming out, “The Favourite” with Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz, and the zombie-musical “Anna and the Apocalypse”.