Ralph (and Disney) Win Again


The best thing about Thanksgiving? The leftovers. And this weekend, the same could be said of the box office—at least for the movies in question.

With just one new release in theaters (and that one not very prominent), the weekend’s box-office derby featured a veritable cornucopia of reheated cinematic holdovers. Indeed, the whole top five looks mostly like last week’s, only with a couple of films switching positions.

For the second-straight week, Ralph Breaks the Internet topped all comers, scraping up another $25.8 million (estimated) to add to its North American haul. The family film has now earned $119.3 million in the United States and Canada and added another $87.7 million worldwide.

Ralph also gave Disney its 14th box-office weekend victory of the year. Other chart toppers from the Mouse House include Black Panther (five weeks at No. 1); Avengers: Infinity War (three); Solo: A Star Wars Story (two); Incredibles 2 and Ant-Man and the Wasp (one apiece). And with Mary Poppins Returns on the horizon, Disney might not be done yet.

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch made animated family flicks a one-two finish this weekend, climbing up to second place with $17.7 million. The Grinch has now earned a very merry $203.5 million domestically during its four-week run, making it the year’s 10th highest-grinching—er, grossing flick.

But this was a weekend where the rich truly did get richer. Creed II, which slipped from second to third with $16.8 million, is the only film in the top five that hasn’t crested the $100 million mark yet (though its total domestic earnings thus far weigh in at a still-hefty $81.2 million). Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald conjured up another $11.2 million to bring its overall war chest to $134.3 million domestically, while fifth-place Bohemian Rhapsody banked $8.1 million, plumping up its bank account to $164.4 million. (And with international receipts added in, both of the last two films have also cleared the half-billion dollar mark.)

The weekend’s sole newcomer, The Possession of Hannah Grace, managed to possess just $6.5 million of moviegoers’ moola, finishing a dispiriting seventh.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Rocketshipper More than 1 year ago
woooo!!!!!! Go Wreck-it Ralph!