Hello, dear reader. I hope you’re ready for some weekend box office results.
The past weekend saw the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindel-something – the *checks promotional material* “much-anticipated” sequel to the Potterverse prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I vehemently disliked Fantastic Beasts 1, as well as most of the David Yates Potter films. They’re full of glossy, insulation-filled CGI renderings and only a cursory understanding of the charm of Rowling’s source material. Azkaban, as I see it, is the high-point of both the film and literary renditions of the property.
Other than that, we saw the release of the Mark Wahlberg picture, Instant Family, and Steve McQueen’s star-studded, Widows. In limited-release we saw the Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali’s Green Book.
Let’s see how they fared over the weekend, courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.
The weekend top ten (Wknd: Total Dom/Int/WW):
- Fantastic Beasts 2 – $62.1m: $67.2m / $191.5m / $258.7m
- Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018) – $38.5m: $131.6m / $25.2m / $156.8m
- Bohemian Rhapsody – $16.04m: $130.1m / $257.7m / $387.8m
- Instant Family – $14.5m: $15.9m
- Widows – $12.3m: $13.4m / $7.2m / $20.6m
- The Nutcracker – $4.7m: $44.5m / $72.9m / $117.5m
- A Star is Born (2018) – $4.2m: $186.3m / $155.7m / $342.02m
- Overlord – $3.7m: $18.1m / $15m / $33.1m
- The Girl in the Spider’s Web – $2.5m: $13.5m / $13.06m / $26.6m
- Burn the Stage: The Movie – $2.4m: $3.6m
Overall domestic box office: $174.4m
Okay, now that you’ve seen the numbers, let’s poke around a bit. Fantastic Beasts 2 fell a few million shy of studio expectations, and hasn’t fared well with critics, which makes sense – seeing as the first was a slog of audience pandering and lacked the depth of shallow puddle. So, I’m not sure if its box office receipts count as news, other than the fact it constitutes the lowest a Potterverse film has earned.
The Grinch (2018) is doing just fine. Good news for Illumination Entertainment and Universal. Bad news for anyone hoping that Dr. Seuss’ work is shown some reverence by Hollywood.
Bohemian Rhapsody is turning into quite the vehicle for Fox. The studio was wise to focus marketing on the performance of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, rather than director Brian Singer. Let’s get real, Singer has made so much money for Fox he could do pretty much anything he wants.
Instant Family is a Mark Wahlberg *checks promotional material* “comedy.” It’ll drop around 55-65% next weekend and fade into oblivion as the next batch of highly anticipated movies rolls in.
Widows didn’t quite meet expectations, but should the film garner any significant nominations this awards-season, expect a resurgence (as is normally the case.)
Boy Erased, about a teen suffering the abhorrent practice of gay-conversion therapy, (and without the soft-eyed pretension of Timothee Chalamet) is looking to be another awards hopeful – having earned $1.28m across 409 screens. Keep an eye on it.
As for this coming Thanksgiving weekend, we see the release of Ralph Breaks the Internet, Creed II, and the *checks promotional material* “film,” Robin Hood. Expect the current top-five to take a nose dive.
Alright, everyone, that’s it for this week’s box office update. MAde possible by the diligent number fetishists over at Box Office Mojo, and the big daddy of those numbers himself, Brad Brevet. For everything in depth, be sure to head over there and lose yourself in a dizzying array of charts and graphs and lists and speculation.
Until next time, dear reader.