Ralph Breaks the Box Office


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.

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
Woooooo!!! Go Ralph. The first movie was excellent and this new one is one of the rare sequels that lives up to its original.    One of the best movies of the year!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago

I am really confused by your "Sexual Content" section of the Ralph Breaks the Internet review, claiming that Shank's outfit is "formfitting", when it definitely isn't. Her outfit consists of black jeans (fitted, but in no way inappropriate), a T-shirt (which stays above her collarbone), a hoodie, and a leather jacket, with both of those outer layers fitting pretty loosely - I watched the movie a second time after reading your review specifically looking for that issue and at no point can you even see her natural shape under the jacket / hoodie. She's wearing three layers for goodness sake! What exactly does a woman have to be wearing for you *not* to claim that she belongs in the sexual content section?

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll shorten my comment since the original version was deleted: I'm just confused how Plugged In determines what qualifies as "sexual" in terms of clothing, specifically regarding Ralph Wrecks the Internet. Shank's outfit is jeans, a high cut T-shirt, a hoodie, and a motorcycle jacket, yet the review lists her clothing as "formfitting", when the tops are clearly loose. I'd love to hear some clarification from PI as to how this is assessed, because that section of the review in its current state is confusing.
charitysplace More than 1 year ago
I could tell from the trailer Robin Hood was going to be a flop. There's good trailers and bad trailers -- that trailer told me the movie didn't know what it wanted to be, or what time period it was set in, with a bunch of relative unknown actors and a lot of over-wrought CGI-work, plus frankly Robin Hood hasn't been "hot" in decades. It wasn't an isolated opinion, either -- I asked everyone I knew if they planned on seeing it and no one said yes.

I'd love to know who green-lights these movie scripts in Hollywood, because how can they fork 100 million over into something that is almost guaranteed to fail? (I suppose it'll earn back its money in China, but it may not turn an enormous profit.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah, I think a lot of it has to do with the global market. And from what I understand, it's the producers that are responsible for the majority of the flops. The DC films are great example of that.
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