Happy Monday

Good morning, dear reader.

For those of you who celebrated, I hope your respective Thanksgivings were full of food, family, booze, and calcium tablets. Some of you may have even gone to see a movie, as the latest box office tallies indicate. I hope you enjoyed yourself.

According to Brad Brevet and the number-crunchers over at Box Office Mojo, new movie Ralph Breaks the Internet (Wreck-it Ralph 2) had the second largest holiday opening of all time, and the sum of the top twelve films Fri-Sunday surpassed $206m. That’s an enormous jump from the weekend prior. Some movies came, some went, some were dead before they left the cutting room floor. More on that after we look at the estimated weekend totals.

Weekend top ten, November 23-25 (wknd: dom / int / global):

*New Release

  1. *Wreck-it Ralph 2 – $55.6m: $84.4m / $41.5m / $125.9m
  2. *Creed II – $35.2m: $55.8m
  3. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018) – $30.2m: $180.4m / $35.3m / $215.7m
  4. Fantastic Beasts 2 – $29.6m: $117.1m / $322.6m / $439.7m
  5. Bohemian Rhapsody – $13.8m: $152m / $320.1m / $472.1m
  6. Instant Family – $12.5m: $35.7m
  7. *Robin Hood (2018) – $9.1m: $14.2m / $8.7m / $22.9m
  8. Widows – $7.9m: $25.5m / $13.04m / $38.6m
  9. Green Book – $5.4m: $7.8m
  10. A Star is Born (2018) – $3m: $191m / $162.4m / $353.4m

Overall domestic box office: $214.2m

I know what you’re wondering, and yes: The domestic totals of the new releases are higher than their weekend haul. Well, those new released opened earlier in the week to take advantage of us hard-working Americans loafing it at home for most of last week.

The good news is that the sequel to the charming John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman vehicle, Wreck-it Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet, has retained its appeal with audiences and critics and people dragged their turkey-laden selves to the multiplex to see it.  I genuinely have nothing to say about this movie. It looks fun. I’m not seeing it in theaters, but I can’t fault anyone who does so. The scene with the Princesses featured prominently in the trailers was genuinely funny. Hope it holds.

Creed II, the latest Michael B. Jordan Rockey-verse picture, is performing well. No complaints there. The first Creed was a refreshing take on the Balboa Cinematic Universe (the BCU), and owed its success to incredibly strong word-of-mouth and Oscar-caliber performances form its leads. We’ll see how this one does.

The Grinch (2018) is simply proof-positive that Illumination can produce a glossy fluffball of an adaptation, market the ever-loving fuck out of it, and reap the money from parents acquiesced to their children all across the country. Sick of all the remakes? Then Disney’s 2019 line-up should give you pause, and they aren’t the only one’s doing it. As for Illumination, the success of this new Grinch will garner, bare minimum, four sequels set in the oceans of Pandora.

Fantastic Beasts 2 fell three spots. Namely because of the spat of new releases, not because it’s a horribly lackluster film. Seriously, though, it only dropped a smidge above 50% from last weekend, which is fairly average for a blockbuster at any point in the year.

I don’t have much to say about Bohemian Rhapsody, other than that it’s performing incredibly well, all things considered. Its drop from last weekend was only around 13%. That’s incredible. Just remember, if you find yourself alone in an elevator with Bryan Singer, and should he so happen to “reveal his prop Kryptonite chrystal from the set of 2006’s Superman Returns,” – it’s your word against his (as far as the studio is concerned.)

Instant Family, the recent Mark Wawl-berg picture only dropped about 13%. Good news for Wahlbergers everywhere. Bad news for those of us prone to slamming our faces against a wall whenever the actor pronounces an interrogative.

Robin Hood is generally hated by critics and fans.

Widows isn’t performing as well as the studio hoped, and has yet to earn back its production budget of $42m. Meanwhile, Universal’s Peter Farrelly-directed Green Book finally broke wide, jumping from 22nd to 9th on the box office roster. Impressive stuff.

Rounding out the top-ten is Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born. I liked it. Most people did. It’s making a lot of money. Hopefully Lady Gaga sees a few more roles landing on her desk. I’m not against every remake of a Hollywood classic, but I am an unrepentant sucker for movies about following your dreams. Always have been, always will be.

Outside the top ten, Overlord tanked violently – it dropped over 70% from last weekend. Venom is finally earning less than a million bucks a weekend. Incredibles II is still in 106 theaters, because Disney. Night School (2018) has officially earned over $100m worldwide, which hurts me physically. And The Favourite – the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed Victorian Era drama starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz – earned around $420k from only four theaters a it debuted in limited release. Good stuff.

Alright, dear reader, that was the Thanksgiving box office.

Please share this article with your favorite turkeys, subscribe using the widgets below, or just go on living your best life. It’s all I could ever ask of you.

Until next time.

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