Box Office: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Takes $84.5-M; ‘Creed II’ Wins $56-M

Box Office: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Takes $84.5-M; ‘Creed II’ Wins $56-M

Box Office: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Takes $84.5-M; ‘Creed II’ Wins $56-M

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The Feast at the 2018 box office continued over the Thanksgiving Holiday as a pair of sequels: Ralph Breaks the Internet and Creed II drove record Holiday revenue at the North American box office.

Ralph Breaks the Internet topped the Wednesday-Sunday chart with a hefty $84.5-M from 4,017 theaters, the 2nd-best opening of all time for the 5-day frame behind fellow Disney Animation Studios’ 2013 blockbuster Frozen ($93.6-M).

MGM’s Creed II took to the ring with a strong 5-day open of $55.8-M from 3,441 locations, the Top Thanksgiving debut of all time for a live-action film.

Total ticket sales for the Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving Holiday corridor hit $314-M, eclipsing the record set in 2013 with $295-M, according to Comscore. At this rate, Y 2018 domestic box office revenue is almost certain to set a new record.

Among holdovers

Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald came in #3 for the 5 days with $43-M for a 10-day domestic tally of $117.1-M. Internationally, Grindelwald stayed atop the chart with $83.7-M from 80 markets for a foreign total of $322.6-M and $439.7-M at the global box office.

Bohemian Rhapsody singing in it 4th weekend, grossing nearly $20-M for the 5 days in North America and bringing its domestic box office to $152-M. The Queen biopic amassed another $38-M offshore for a foreign total of $328.2-M and $472.2-M globally.

Paramount’s Instant Family followed at #6 in North America with a Holiday outing of $17.4-M to finish Sunday with a 10-day domestic box office of $35.8-M.

Lionsgate’s (NYSE:LGF) big-budget Robin Hood bombed, earning $14.2-M from 2,857 theaters for the 5 days to # 7 against a $100-M budget.

On the awards front

 The Front Runner likewise bombed, while Green Book struggled badly.

Green Book expanded Wednesday into 1,062 theaters for a disappointing 5-day gross of $7.4-N, including $5.4-M for the weekend.

Universal distribution president Jim Orr believes Green Book will have a long run throughout awards season, pointing to strong exit scores.

Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) awards hopeful The Front Runner expanded Friday into a total of 807 theaters, earning $885,000 for the 3-day weekend. The political drama stars Hugh Jackman as 1-time Democratic Presidential candidate Gary Hart.

Focus Features’ Boy Erased upped its theater count to 672 sites. The conversion-therapy drama grossed $2.3-M for the 5 days for a box office take of $4.5-M.

At the specialty box office

Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite debuted Friday in 4 theaters in New York York and Los Angeles. The period drama posted a location average of $105,500, the best showing since La La Land ($176,221) almost 2 years ago.

Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma also debuted over the Holiday in cinemas in New York and LA, although Netflix is not reporting grosses. If Netflix were to do so, the pic would no doubt also post a strong per-screen average for a foreign-language film, considering many showings were nearly full or sold out.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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