Box Office: ‘The Grinch’ Wins With $66-M; ‘Girl in the Spider’s Web’ DOA
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Christmas came early for Illumination and Universal, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) as The Grinch, the 2nd big-screen adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss holiday tale opened to $66-M from 4,414 North American theaters. Voiced this time out by Benedict Cumberbatch, the CG-animated pic is the 1st family event film of the year-end frame.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web opened to a disappointing $8-M from 2,929 locations in a blow to Sony (NYSE:SNE), MGM and New Regency’s attempt to reboot the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series. The $43-M film is tied for 5th place. The film is struggling overseas, where it took in $6.2-M from 49 markets for an early foreign total of $8.2-M and $16.3-M globally.
Girl in the Spider’s Web was beat by the JJ Abrams-produced World War II-zombie pic, Overlord, which placed 3rd in its domestic launch with $10.1-M from 2,859 theaters. Overseas, the $38-M horror-thriller turned in a weak $9.1-M from 52 markets for a global box office of $19.3-M.
The massive Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles resulted in weekend box-office revenue for the Los Angeles market being down about 7% according to preliminary estimates.
Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody grossed $30.9-M in its 2nd weekend to finish Sunday with a domestic box office of $100-M. The movie, from 20th Century Fox, New Regency and GK Films, fell just 40%.
Bohemian Rhapsody also continued to rock the foreign box office, earning another $63-M from 78 markets for an early foreign take of $185.3-M and $285.3-M worldwide.
But the weekend’s biggest winner offshore was Sony’s Venom, which opened to a huge $111-M in China, its final market, for a revised global total of $673.5-M. The pic scored the 2nd-biggest China launch of all time for a Superhero title, as well as the 5th-best ever for a Western title, according to Sony.
At the specialty box office
Jason Reitman’s political pic The Front Runner, starring Hugh Jackman as scandal-ridden Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, posted a lackluster opening screen average of $14,000 from four theaters. Sony’s awards hopeful bowed Tuesday, timed to the midterm elections. Its earnings total through Sunday stands at $76,000.
Among other awards contenders vying for attention
Amazon Studios (NASDAQ:AMZN) expanded Beautiful Boy nationwide into a total of 776 theaters. The drama earned $1.4-M for a domestic box office total of $5.2-M.
Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) launched the Coen brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs in four cinemas in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London, but is not reporting grosses. It is the 1st Netflix original movie to open 1st in cinemas.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.