Weekend box office: The Grinch steals the top spot
We all know that kids movies do well at the weekend box office, but like we pointed out in our review of THE GRINCH, there haven’t been many animated Christmas movies to watch with the family over the years. 2018’s THE GRINCH might not be the most original film since the story has been told a few times before, but it fills a void that audiences were clearly hungry for. The film is on pace for $66 million, but I suspect that number will go up when the numbers are final. The other new movie of the weekend was OVERLORD, which is a zombie, WWII mashup of sorts. It sounds like a lot of fun, but not something that would necessarily do well in theaters. Finally, there’s the sequel THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB, but after losing all of the creative talent behind the original, Claire Foy wasn’t able to give the sequel much life.
Next week will be long to FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDEWALD. The sequel to the 2016 FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM and another continuation of the Wizarding World. The first Beasts opened with about $74 million and I would imagine the sequel would open around the same number. THE GRINCH will obviously take some of the audience away, but there’s no reason to think the sequel won’t do well. The other new movie next week is the Mark Wahlberg comedy INSTANT FAMILY. I’m not sure about Wahlberg in a comedy without Ted or Will Ferrell, but adding in some cute kids and a wholesome premise should help him out. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. The Grinch $66.2m
2. Bohemian Rhapsody $30m
3. Overlord $10.1m
4. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms $9.8m
5. The Girl in the Spider’s Web $8.8m
6. A Star Is Born $8m
7. Nobody’s Fool $6.4m
8. Venom $5m
9. Halloween $3.7m
10. The Hate U give $1.9m