'Ralph Breaks the Internet' breaks the Thanksgiving box office


Moviegoers gobbled up the latest offerings at theatres over Thanksgiving weekend, with new releases Ralph Breaks the Internet and Creed II grabbing the two top spots with ease. Ralph earned $84.5 million over the five-day weekend, giving it the second-highest opening of all time over that period. Its three-day gross was $55.6 million, while internationally it pulled in $41.5 million for a $125.9 million worldwide gross.

In second place was Creed II, earning $55.8 million over the five-day weekend—the highest Thanksgiving opening ever for a life-action film. The first Creed also opened over Thanksgiving weekend in 2015, earning $16 million less than its follow-up.

Neck and neck for third place over the five-day weekend were Fantastic Beasts:  The Crimes of Grindelwald ($42.9 million) and The Grinch ($42 million). Grindelwald opened last weekend to $62.1 million, by far the lowest debut in the Harry Potter franchise. A B+ CinemaScore and 52% drop between the film’s first and second week indicates a potential steady slide for the Warner Bros. release as the glut of holiday films continue to hit theatres. That said,Grindelwald continues to clean up overseas, where it’s earned $322.6 million to date, for a worldwide gross approaching half-a-billion.

Rounding out the top five was Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody (five-day gross $19.37 million), dropping a spare 13.6% in its fourth weekend of release. You have to go to spot number seven to find the weekend’s last new wide release, Robin Hood, which puttered into theatres with a $14.2 million five-day gross.

Universal’s Green Book expanded from limited to wide release, its $7.4 million five-day gross landing it in the top ten. The Front Runner also added to its theatre count but struggled to find an audience, earning only $885,000.

The highest per-theatre average of the week belongs to Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite, which debuted on four screens to a three-day total of $420,00, bringing its PTA to $105,000. Also impressive in a limited debut was Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters, which opened on five screens for a three-day gross of $88,000. Also new to theatres in limited release were The World Before Your Feet ($22,000 three-day) and Becoming Astrid ($5,121 three-day).