‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Stays Strong During the Box Office Lull
December's big releases are just around the corner
This is one of the slowest weeks at the box office, with early holiday films and November favorites still sitting at the top of the charts. The big December releases are still one or two weeks away and they will be hoping to conquer the day after Christmas, one of the busiest times of the year at your local theater. The films on the Top Five list this week were all hoping for one more payday before the new releases flood the market, but a few of them came up short.
At the top of the list this week was Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” adding another $16M to the film’s domestic total. The big sequel has already made over $140M domestically for the studio and the animated-comedy narrowly beat its Grinchy competitor. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” was directed by Phil Johnston and Rich Moore and features the voice talents of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, and Gal Gadot.
“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” took second-place this week but still made $15M across 3,841 locations. The film is currently in its fifth-week in theaters and the holiday-comedy has made over $223M domestically for Universal. “The Grinch” was directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, the film features the voice talents of Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, and Rashida Jones.
“Creed II,” from MGM, was another winner this week. The film pulled in $10M across 3,752 locations over the weekend to land in third-place overall on the domestic charts. The sequel is in its third-week in theaters and has made $96M domestically. “Creed II” was directed by Steven Caple Jr., the film stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson.
That’s where the box office starts to drop-off significantly. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” managed to reach fourth-place overall on the charts but only made another $6.8M this weekend. That raises the film’s four-week running total to just over $145M domestically. “Fantastic Beasts 2” was directed by David Yates, the film features Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, and Johnny Depp.
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” from Fox, only made an estimated $6M this weekend, despite remaining in 2,953 locations. The good news is that the musical has a six-week running total of $173M. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was directed by Bryan Singer, the film stars Rami Malek, Aidan Gillen, Mike Myers, and Tom Hollander.
The holiday slump was even harder on the Young Adult market. “The Possession of Hannah Grace” only made $3M in its follow-up week at the box office. The film was hoping for a big surge in second-week viewing after the film opened in seventh-place overall last weekend. “Robin Hood” is another YA tragedy, the seemingly doomed film only pulled in another $3.5M this weekend and the action-flop has only made $27M in three-weeks. That’s short of the film’s $100M budget.
Most of these films will lose their place in the Top Five next week when “Mortal Engines,” “The Mule,” and “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” hit theaters nationwide. You can also look for “The Favourite” in a theater near you, the film is expanding to 525 locations. The following week is when the box office kicks into high gear, with “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Aquaman,” “Welcome to Marwen,” and “Bumblebee” all hitting theaters before the big holiday break.