Disney's "Ralph Breaks the Internet" dominated the Thanksgiving box office, generating $ 84.6 million in 4,017 locations during the five-day vacation and $ 56 million for the weekend.
Propelled by a strong word of mouth, Disney's animated sequel now ranks as the second best Thanksgiving debut, behind another Disney title, "Frozen," which earned $ 93.6 million during the first five days. "Ralph Breaks the Internet" has a high production budget of $ 175 million, so it must maintain momentum around the world to make a profit. "Ralph breaks the Internet" sees John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman resume their roles of "Wreck It Ralph" while the villain of video games and his best friend surf the Internet. The original movie grossed $ 49 million in its first three days of release.
"Ralph" was not the only sequel that prospered this weekend. "Creed II" by MGM and New Line was a knockout, as the boxing drama won $ 55 million at 3,350 locations during the five days and $ 34 million for the weekend. That marks the best debut for a live action movie during the holiday season. Those numbers also lead the start of "Creed," which was launched with $ 29 million within three days. "Creed II" stars Michael B. Jordan as Donnie Creed, the son of heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. Sylvester Stallone returns as Rocky Balboa.
The crowded Turkey Day not only brought solid receipts, but set a new record, according to Comscore. This five-day outflow exceeded $ 314 million, surpassing the record set in 2013 with $ 294 million.
Unfortunately, not everything is joy at the box office. Lionsgate's "Robin Hood" pocketed $ 14.2 million in 2,715 locations for a five-day period and $ 9 million for the weekend, a potentially disastrous result given the production budget of the real-action adventure of approximately $ 100 million . Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx lead "Robin Hood" in the latest version of the bandit of fashion fans.
Meanwhile, the hopeful "Green Book" awards had a disappointing expansion. He moved to 1,063 movie theaters and won $ 5.4 million for the weekend and a mediocre $ 7.4 million over the five days. Universal is distributing the "Green Book", which was co-produced by DreamWorks and Participant. Viggo Mortensen, who generated controversy after using the N-word in a screening, co-stars with Mahershala Ali in the comedy drama that centers on a famous black pianist's tour of the Deep South during the Jim Crow era.
As the new releases multiplied, many of them could still attract crowds. Warner Bros. "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" collected $ 43.3 million for the five-day trip and $ 29.2 million for its second year. That takes your internal account to $ 116.5 million.
Universal's "The Grinch" is still doing formidable business in its third week of release, and the family film will face the sequel to "Fantastic Beasts" for third and fourth place once the final numbers arrive on Monday. The animated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss Christmas classic stole another $ 42 million for a $ 180 million run in the United States.
Rounding out the top five places is Fox's "Rhapsody Bohemia." Queen's biopic amassed another $ 19 million during the five-day holidays, bringing the total for North America to $ 151 million.
In limited version, Fox Searchlight's "The Favorite" bowed in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, earning $ 420,000. That averages $ 105.00 per location, marking the best theater average of the year. Yorgos Lanthimos directed "The Favorite", a drama from the absurd era that looks like a solid Oscar candidate. Set in the early 18th century, it focuses on the drama between two cousins (Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone) competing to be the court's favorites during the reign of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman).
Also at the specialized box office, Magnolia's "store thieves" opened in five places where they earned $ 88,000, for a screen average of $ 17,600. The drama about an impoverished family living on the sidelines took home the Palme d'Or at Cannes and is Japan's entry into the best foreign language film at the Academy Awards.
More to come …