Illumination and Universal’s animated feature adaptation “The Grinch,” based on the Dr. Seuss children’s book, is headed for a $50 million opening when it hits November 9th according to early tracking figures.
Benedict Cumberbatch leads the film whose final number will likely go higher when it opens, and closer to the $55 million which the 2000 live-action adaptation starring Jim Carrey scored when it hit in mid-November of that year.
Also opening that weekend is “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” which is on track for a low $11-12 million opening. Funnily enough that’s not far off the $12.7 million the David Fincher-directed 2012 adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” took before it pulled in $230 million worldwide. One key difference? Budget. Fede Alvarez’s film costing $43 million compared to the $90 million Fincher’s cost.
Bad Robot’s World War II zombie movie “Overlord” looks to be coming in under both those with a debut that weekend of around $8-9 million. The figures come as “Halloween” is tipped to explode this weekend’s box-office with projections at around $70 million and potentially higher.