It looks like people were able to take time out of fighting Black Friday crowds to catch a couple of movies as RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET is set to have the second highest Thanksgiving weekend opening ever, coming just short of FROZEN’s $92 million. That’s impressive by itself, but especially when you consider the other animated film at the box office, THE GRINCH, still brought in $40 million. Speaking of sequels, CREED II is on pace to have the highest Thanksgiving opening ever for a live-action film and is looking at around $56 million for the holiday weekend box office. It’s easy to complain about sequels, but it’s hard to argue with how much people love them. Of course, it was not all sunshine and roses at the box office as the latest attempt to revive the Robin Hood character crashed and burned. ROBIN HOOD couldn’t crack the top five and after getting thrashed by critics, it looks like we’ll have to wait another ten years or so to see the character again. Finally, there’s GREEN BOOK, which is looking for awards season glory. The film did pretty well in a limited release and finished in the top ten.
Next week is traditionally a weekend studios try to avoid since everyone is coming down from their Thanksgiving high. The only new movie opening up is Barry Jenkins’s MOONLIGHT followup, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK. The film might find Oscar success and has gotten good early reviews, but I can’t imagine it will be able to do anything at the weekend box office. My guess is the top five will stay the same, with RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET staying on top. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet $85.6m
2. Creed II $56.5m
3. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald $42.1m
4. The Grinch $40.4m
5. Bohemian Rhapsody $18.9m
6. Instant Family $16.7m
7. Robin Hood $13.9m
8. Widows $10.3m
9. Green Book $7.1m
10. A Star Is Born $4m