Hey, there, friend! Glad you stopped by. Bad news, though: You might just as well move on. That’s right, move along. Read our review of Netflix’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (which was still in a handful of theaters over the weekend, as well as now streaming online, though Netflix didn’t report its earnings), or check out what’s happening in the worlds of TV, music, video games or books. Because, frankly, in the world of box-office returns, everything looks exactly like it did last week; the numbers are just a bit smaller.
Blame it on the lack of new releases. The biggest “new” movie on the charts was 25-year-old Schindler’s List, which was rereleased in about 1,000 theaters in honor of its original 1993 debut. It made $551,000, which was only good enough for 14th place. (Don’t feel too bad for director Steven Spielberg, though. I have a feeling he has a fine future in front of him.)
Most of the major studios are biding their time, holding their would-be blockbusters for closer to Christmas. (Sure, Aquaman swam into Chinese theaters this weekend for $96 million, but let’s concentrate on what’s going on stateside, shall we?) That left the North American box-office landscape wide open for the multiplex’s grizzled vets.
For the third-straight week, Ralph Breaks the Internet stood atop the box office like a cut-rate colossus, grabbing the victory with a relatively miniscule $16.1 million. Still, the weekend’s take boosted Ralph to $140.9 million overall. It’s now among 2018’s top 20 earners, sliding just in front of Ocean’s Eight for 19th place.
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch finished second with $15.2 million. The Grinch may not like the Christmas season, but the movie’s makers sure do. The animated flick has now earned $223.5 million through five weeks—making it the sixth-biggest money-maker for the year already—and count on it performing well through Santy Claus’ big night.
Creed II scored about $10.3 million in its third round of action, finishing third (again). Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald banked an estimated $6.8 million for fourth place (again). And Bohemian Rhapsody gathered in $6 million to close out the top five (again).
Will Ralph make it four in a row this weekend? Movies featuring red-garbed superheroes (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Once Upon a Deadpool), Clint Eastwood (The Mule) and a very aggressive moving version of London (Mortal Engines) may have something to say about that possibility.