Sunday, November 11, 2018

Weekend Box-Office: THE GRINCH Dominates With $66M Debut


As expected, Illumination Entertainment scored another major box-office hit with its new animated film "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch", but things didn't work out so well for the other new releases. "Overlord" and "The Girl in the Spider's Web" failed to attract audiences.

Find out more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

"Dr. Seuss' The Grinch" topped the box-office charts with $66 million from 4,141 theaters, the third best debut for an animated feature in November, behind "The Incredibles" ($70.4M) and "Frozen" ($67.3). As Christmas fastly approaches, it's very likely that the film will continue to generate healthy grosses. Overseas, "The Grinch" has raked in $12.7 million from 23 countries. Critics offered generally mixed reviews for the film (55% on Rotten Tomatoes and 50 on Metacritic), while audience mostly enjoyed it (71% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and "A-" on CinemaScore).

The Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" dropped to second place this week, but that's not at all as bad as it sounds. The film only lost 39.6% compared to last week, grossing $30.8 million over the weekend and bringing its domestic total to $100 million after 10 days in theaters. Not bad at all, especially given how troubled its production was. It's also doing very well internationally where it brought in a total of $185 million since its release. Of course, its best international market is still the U.K. with a total of $38 million.

In third place we have another new release, the R-rated World War II zombie horror film "Overlord". Produced by J.J. Abrams, the film only managed a $10 million debut from 2,859 theaters against a $38 million budget. It's not a total disaster, but we all know horror films can do much better than this these days, and its budget is not that modest. Overseas the film opened in 52 countries and raked in $9.2 million.

"Overlord" was praised by critics but there's a pretty huge rift between the Rotten Tomatoes score (81%) and Metacritic's Metascore (58). The former would indicate rave reviews, while the former would suggest mixed reviews. Which is why critical aggregators suck. The audience reception was generally positive, as well (79% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and a decent "B" on CinemaScore).

At #4, Disney's "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" continues its unimpressive performance at the box-office with $9.5 million after a 53% drop. The film has grossed $35 million domestically, while overseas it has brought in $61.4 million, against a $120 million budget.

The Top 5 is rounded out by the last of the new wide releases, Sony's thriller "The Girl in the Spider's Web". The film is a reboot of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake series which David Fincher started in 2011 but never continued. Based on Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" series, specifically the fourth novel, which wasn't actually written by Larsson, the new installment opened with a modest $8 million from 2,929 theaters against a $43 million budget, and it grossed another $8.3 million overseas from 49 countries.

"The Girl in the Spider's Web" received mixed reviews from critics (43% on Rotten Tomatoes and 44 on Metacritic), and audiences pretty much felt the same way (56% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and "B" on CinemaScore).

In other news, Sony's "Venom" had a big weekend in China, where the film opened with a massive $111 million, the second highest debut ever for a superhero film there, and Sony's largest ever. With $206.2 million domestically, the film's worldwide total has now reached $675 million.

New Wide Releases: "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch", "Overlord", "The Girl in the Spider's Web".

Biggest Drop : "Halloween" (-64%%)

Smallest Drop : "A Star is Born" (-27%)

RankTitleWeekend GrossDomestic TotalForeign TotalBudget
1Dr. Seuss' The Grinch$66M$66M$12.7M$75M
2Bohemian Rhapsody$30.8M$100M$185.2M$52M
4The Nutcracker and the Four Realms$9.5M$35.2M$61.4M$120M
5The Girl in the Spider's Web$8M$8M$8.3M$43M
6A Star is Born$8M$178M$144.8M$36M
7Nobody's Fool$6.5M$24.2M$0.2M$19M
10The Hate U Give$2M$26.7M$2.1M$23M


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