The US top ten had several new contenders all vying for the top spot, and to the surprise of nobody, Disney's Ralph Breaks The Internet has emerged as America's number one movie for Thanksgiving. The exact numbers for the five-day holiday weekend won't be clear until Monday, but Ralph is tracking an opening haul of $85 million.
Should that number hold, then Ralph has scored the second-best Thanksgiving weekend of all time behind fellow Disney blockbuster Frozen. Back in 2012, Wreck-It Ralph generated $49 million from its opening weekend from a standard three-day launch. For comparison, the sequel hit $50 million by the end of Friday after it's debut in cinemas nationwide on Wednesday.
Another sequel came in second place with Creed IIset for a five-day weekend of $55 million. The follow-up to Ryan Coogler's acclaimed Rocky spin-off finds Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) facing off against Viktor Drago (Viktor Drago), the son of the man who killed his father in the ring thirty years ago. Third place was a closely fought race between The Grinch and Fantastic Beasts 2, in the end, The Grinch toppled The Crimes of Grindelwald with $30 million for its third weekend. Voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, The Grinch has capitalized on an early release and should continue to stick around the top ten for the rest of the year.
After a less than magical start last week, The Crimes of Grindelwald might not be casting as strong a spell on US audiences as its predecessor, but its international box office paints a different picture. Domestically, the second Fantastic Beasts film has made $117 million (after ten days in cinemas the first FB generated $156 million), but a robust $320 million from the international box office has put the sequel at a global running total of more than $430 million.
The final new wide release was Otto Bathurst's reimagining of Robin Hood starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx. Reviews were mixed; buzz was muted, and the opening weekend speaks for itself. Robin Hood's $14.2 million launch won't be kick-starting a franchise anytime soon, and even managed to come in lower than Guy Richie's epic flop King Arthur: Legend of the Sword ($15.3 million). On the slightly more positive side, Robin Hood cost about half as much as King Arthur, so that's something, right?