This weekend was a bit of a surprise for me as the animated film The Grinch won the weekend box office with quite the impressive opening.
The Grinch brought in $66 million during its opening weekend and had the third largest opening for an animated film in the month of November. It finished behind The Incredibles ($70.4) and Frozen ($67.4). I think the film will have success as looking at the upcoming releases, it is the only Christmas-themed wide release.
Audiences gave positive reviews about the film and it also brought in $12.7 million internationally for a worldwide opening of $78.7 million.
Bohemian Rhapsody drops 40 percent during its second weekend and brought in $30.9 million. The film has crossed $100 million domestically after only ten days of release. The film brought in $63 million internationally and the worldwide gross of the film stands right around $285 million.
The horror film Overload opened in third place with $10.1 million. A pretty decent opening for the J.J. Abrams produced film. I think this film has potential to possibly reach between $30-$40 million domestically.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms dropped two spots to fourth place with $9.6 million. The film dropped 53 percent during its second weekend and is approaching $40 million domestically. The $13.5 million internationally takes the film’s worldwide gross to just under $100 million.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web opens in fifth place with $8 million. This is a disappointing opening for the film and is lower than the $12.8 opening of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo back in 2011. That film went on to gross over $100 million domestically. I don’t see that happening with this film.
A Star is Born spent its first weekend outside the top ten finishing in sixth place with $8 million. The film is just under $180 million domestically. This film is now twelfth on the list of films that never reached the top spot at the box office.
Nobody’s Fool dropped 52 percent during its second weekend and brought in $6.5 million and is sitting just under $25 million. Venom brought in $4.9 million and just crossed $205 million domestically.
Halloween brought in $3.8 million during its fourth weekend and is sitting just under $160 million domestically. The Hate U Give rounds out the top ten with $2.1 million and is approaching $30 million domestically.
I think we will crown a new box office champion next weekend as the latest installment in the Harry Potter prequel series Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will open in over 4,000 theaters.
Weekend Gross by Distributor:
Universal: $72 million
20th Century Fox: $32.9 million
Paramount Pictures: $16.6 million
Sony Pictures: $13.8 million
Disney: $9.8 million
Warner Bros.: $9.5 million
Fox Searchlight: $1.9 million
Amazon Studios: $1.7 million
Next week’s openings: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Instant Family, Widows, A Private War (expands wide)