'The Grinch' scores stateside as 'Venom' catches on in China


It’s enough to make the hardest of hearts grow three sizes: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch topped the box office over the weekend with a $66 million domestic gross. An A- CinemaScore and the coming holiday season indicates a strong hold over the coming weeks is likely.

The weekend’s other new releases, however, didn’t do so hot. Overlord came in at spot number three with $10.1 million, trailing holdover Bohemian Rhapsody (weekend gross $30.8 million, total gross $100 million) by a substantial amount. The Nutcracker in the Four Realms (weekend gross $9.5 million, total gross $35.2 million), which had a disappointing debut last weekend, still managed to trump new release The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which closed out the top five with an underwhelming $8 million.

In better news, A Star is Born continues its impressive run, dropping only 27% in its sixth weekend to bring its domestic cume to $178 million. And Venom, still lingering in the top ten after six weeks, debuted in China, where it earned an eye-popping $111 million.

New to theatres in limited release were Last Letter ($70,000 on 18 screens), The Front Runner ($56,000 on four screens), El Angel ($25,473 on two screens) and Chef Flynn ($8,100 on one screen).