Have a nice Thanksgiving, dear reader? Had your fill of turkey? Asking Santa Claus for roomier sweatpants? Well, my friends, you have company. You’re not the only ones who stuffed yourselves over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Take Disney, for instance, which cooked Ralph Breaks the Internet for Thanksgiving film feasters. The sly and sweetish animated flick was no turkey, but it did gobble up plenty of money: $55.7 million in North America over the traditional three-day weekend, according to early estimates, and $84.5 million if you serve up Wednesday and Thursday, too. That’s the second-largest Thanksgiving weekend opening ever, trailing only Frozen, which your children are still probably singing along to.
Not that the Mouse House was particularly surprised by its Turkey Day success. Disney has positively owned the holiday, with it and cohort Pixar owning the top six Thanksgiving weekend debuts in history.
What’s No. 7 on that all-time list? Look no further than this weekend’s silver medalist, Creed II. While animated films traditionally dominate during Thanksgiving, this live-action underdog outpunched its weight class: It made $35.3 million over the three-day weekend, $55.8 million for the five-day holiday and became the highest-grossing live-action Thanksgiving release in history. Seems that Adonis Creed did some gravy training.
A handful of holdovers filled out the rest of the top five—serving as the weekend’s cranberry sauce, crescent rolls and sweet potato casserole, respectively.
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch pilfered another $30.2 million from moviegoers over the three-day weekend, boosting its overall earnings to $180.4 million. (Fitting that The Grinch is so green, I suppose.) That was just a Whovillian hair higher than Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which earned $29.6 million. But add in receipts from Wednesday night and Thanksgiving Day, and the order flips, with Grindelwald collecting $42.9 million and the Grinch earning $42 million flat. Either way, both filled their plates with some sizeable seconds.
Bohemian Rhapsody may no longer be the box-office champion my friends, but it’s still rocking the top five, biting into another $13.9 million over three days and $19.4 million over five.
These and a handful of other movies made for a record-setting Thanksgiving weekend, with the top 12 racking up a gut-popping $206 million three-day total. Really, the only film of note that walked away hungry was Robin Hood, the 7,138th remake (give or take) featuring the classic thieving folk hero. It earned just $9.1 million over three days to finish seventh, and managed just $14.2 million over five days. Given that its budget was $100 million according to Box Office Mojo, that means its titular hero might need to take from the rich and give to … itself.