Box Office: ‘Ralph 2’ Tops Pre-Holiday Weekend

Box Office: ‘Ralph 2’ Tops Pre-Holiday Weekend

Creed II’ strong, ‘Green Book’ gets boost from Golden Globe nominations 

$DIS, $CMCSA, $VIA, $TWX, $IMAX

For the 1st time ever, a pair of animated pictures; Ralph Breaks the Internet and The Grinch claimed the Top 2 spots at the box office for the 2nd weekend running, showing the buying power of the family.

Disney Animation Studios’ (NYSE:DIS) Ralph 2 stayed # 1 for the third consecutive weekend with $16.1-M for a domestic total of $140.9-M and a global box office of $117.3-M.

Illumination and Universal’s, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) holiday-themed The Grinch, benefiting from its holiday-themed story, took in $15.2-M in its 5th weekend for $223.5-M domestically and $322.4 at the global box office.

Paramount, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) opened Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, in 326 theaters Friday night. The studio said the shows were sold out across the board.

Reviews of the film began posting Saturday; Bumblebee‘s current Rotten Tomatoes score is an outstanding 100%.

The weekend’s biggest box office action was overseas, where Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) unfurled Aquaman in China 2 weeks before the movie is set to open in US  theaters.

Aquaman bowed to a record $93.4-M in China, the best showing ever for a DC Comic book adaptation and also a December record. Imax (NYSE:IMAX) locations in the Middle Kingdom turned in nearly $10-M

MGM and New Line’s Creed II remained a contender in its 3rd frame, earning $10.3-M for a strong domestic box office of $96.5-M.

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald and Bohemian Rhapsody rounded out the Top 5 with $6.8-M and $6-M for domestic takes of $145.2-M and $173.6-M, respectively. 

Among awards contenders

DreamWorks and Participant Media’s Green Book had a boost at the box office after scoring top Golden Globe nominations last week. The film, distributed by Universal and playing in 1,181 locations, earned $3.9-M at the weekend, for a domestic box office of $20-M.

At the specialty box office

Focus Features’ Mary Queen of Scots turned in the frame’s best location average of $50,045, from 4 cinemas.

Neon’s Vox Lux posted a screen average of $27,042 from 6 cinemas, followed by Roadside and LD Entertaiment’s Ben is Back with $20,243 from 4 sites.

The domestic box office will begin picking up next weekend with the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Clint Eastwood’s The Mule and Once Upon in Deadpool, a PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2Mary Poppins Returns is set to hit theaters on Dec. 19. And Aquaman and Bumblebeewill follow on 21 December among others.

Have some fun, see a movie this week 

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