The 2018 box office continues to proper, as in the midst of November, Illumination Studios’ “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” debuted with a chart-topping $66 million this weekend. Though it's fellow new-weekend bed-fellows didn’t join in part with this success, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” provided the third largest opening weekend for an animated title in November, behind Pixar’s “The Incredibles” ($70.4m) and “Frozen” ($67.39m). The film’s horizon looks fortunate, as the film is the single Christmas-themed film over the coming weeks and with an “A-” Cinemascore to boot, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” should defy critical receptions and dominate the family market for the remainder of the year.
Internationally, “The Grinch” opened in 23 locations with an estimated $12.7 million for a $78.7 million global debut. Leading the way was a $6.5 million debut in the UK and Ireland, followed by Brazil ($1.3m), Norway ($747k), and Sweden ($668k). The film has yet to open in an additional 48 markets, key marketplaces such as France, Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Japan, China, Korea, and Russia.
Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” performed just ahead of second-weekend expectations, grossing an estimated $30.85 million, dropping just around 40% from its previous weekend dominance. The second-weekend success pushed “Bohemian Rhapsody” over the $100 million domestically after ten days in release, and the film is performing equally strong overseas by reigning in an estimated $63 million for an international cume that now totals $185 million and global cume that now tops $285 million. The UK continues to be the film’s strongest market overseas, dipping a mere 16% in its third weekend of release in the market for a $38 million gross in total thus far.
While those two films succeed and look as if they'll continue succeeding going forward, Paramount and Bad Robot Studios’ “Overlord” delivered an estimated $10.1 million for the weekend. While the performance is within the range of expectations, it's below the mid-teens expectations of the studio. The film received a “B” Cinemascore from audiences and predominantly steady with critics with an 81% Rotten Tomatoes score with an average rating of 6.6/10. Arriving in the third place box office slot nonetheless, “Overlord” debuted in 52 markets internationally and grossed an estimated $9.2 million for a global cume coming just shy of $20 million.
Joining the box-office melancholy was Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” which delivered an estimated $9.56 million as the film’s domestic cume just tops the $35 million mark. Internationally the film added $13.5 million from 45 markets for a global cume that stands at $96.7 million as the non-Marvel, non-Star Wars filmography of Disney continues to stifle with audiences.
Rounding out the top five is Sony’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” which delivered a disappointing $8 million. On par with studio expectations, but not a positive signature for a finale in the trilogy of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” series, and another chapter in the “Girl With a Dragon Tattoo” series. Internationally, the film began it's wider roll-out this weekend, expanding into 49 markets where it brought in an estimated $6.2 million for a current international cume that now stands at a weak $8.3 million. Some key markets remain ahead for the film, and the movie was awarded a “B” Cinemascore from opening day audiences, so the future of the film may brighten up, but predominantly seems bleak for the franchise.
Outside the top five, “A Star Is Born” continues to stand-fast, dropping a mere 27% for an estimated $8 million, pushing the film’s domestic cume towards $178 million. Sony’s “The Front Runner” debuted in four theaters on Tuesday of this past week, bringing in an estimated $56,000 for a cume of $76,000 as the film is set to expand into approximately 48 locations the following weekend. Amazon Studios’ “Beautiful Boy” expanded its reach into 776 theaters where it brought in an estimated $1.4 million for a domestic cume that now totals $5.18 million, which makes its $25 million budget become perceived as an overwhelming hill to climb at this point and time.
Additionally, Sony’s “Venom” brought in an estimated $4.85 million this weekend domestically to push its domestic total to a hefty $206.2 million, but the big story lies with that of China as the film debuted in the massive market for a $111 million opening. The second highest debut ever for a superhero film in the market, it was a strong extra, helping hand as the film gets closer to its box office finish line for a global cume that now stands at nearly $675 million.
Next weekend will see Warner Bros. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” into over 4000 theaters along with Paramount’s “Instant Family” and Fox’s “Widows,” both of which will be opening in over 3000 locations. 2018 has been an overwhelmingly more successful year for the American cinema financially speaking, and we still got some heavy-hitters to go in what is turning out to be a year of massive success for the multiplex.