Illumination Entertainment’s “The Grinch” proved an early holiday treat with the CG animated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss title scoring $66 million in its opening weekend at the box-office.
Costing a relatively cheap $75 million to make, the film came in just shy of their last Seuss adaptation “The Lorax” ($70 million) but has no real competition for a while until Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” arrive shortly.
The mean green one sucked up all the oxygen too with “Overlord” and “The Girl In the Spider’s Web” opening to quiet tallies of $10 million in third and $8 million in fifth respectively. “Bohemian Rhapsody” retained the second spot with a solid $30.9 million in its second weekend (a drop of just 41%), and “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” fell a more severe 50%+ to fourth with $9.6 million.
‘Spider’s Web’ isn’t faring well overseas either, the R-rated thriller pocketed just $6.2 million from a lot of markets this weekend. In limited release the Hugh Jackman-led “The Front Runner” hit in four cinemas with a fine but soft $76,000 overall total.
The domestic box-office should pass the $10 billion mark today, doing so in record time and ahead of last year’s box-office by 10%.
In China, “Venom” managed a whopping $111 million opening weekend, the second-largest ever for a superhero movie, behind only Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” ($191M).
Source: Box-Office Mojo