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Box Office: ‘The Boss’ Takes Over #1 Spot

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[dropcap]M[/dropcap]elissa McCarthy comedy The Boss topped the domestic charts over the weekend, dropping the blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice out of its number one spot after a two-weekend run.

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Melissa McCarthy shows the critics who’s boss by having a #1 weekend.

The Boss is testament to McCarthy’s draw at the box office, given the movie was thrashed by critics. The movie is mostly misguided, as it’s full of frat boy humor, but the intended audience appears to be prepubescent girls – huh? Further, this is McCarthy we’re talking about, so it goes without saying that it seems hellbent on corrupting that audience.

Anyway, website Rotten Tomatoes says that critics in their survey gave the film a 17 percent rating, which means 17 percent of the critics surveyed were favorable. The rest gave it a thumbs down.

Given The Boss helped push the highly rated Deadpool out of the top 10 – Deadpool, in fact, dropped to the number 12 slot – it seems likely that the Rotten Tomatoes top five and top 10 averages for last week would go down.

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‘Hardcore Henry’ had a not-so-hardcore debut at the #5 spot.

Helping to mitigate the potential drop was the so-designated “Russian-American science fiction action thriller” called Hardcore Henrywhich landed in the number 5 spot for the week with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 51 percent and Eye in The Sky, staring Helen Mirren and featuring the late Alan Rickman, which received a solid 92 percent score in the critics survey.

Related: Trailer: Melissa McCarthy’s ‘The Boss’ Won’t Beat ‘Spy’

Needless to say, there is no more connection to critical reviews and box office success then there is a connection between Donald Trump and feminism. Still, it’s interesting to see how the films line up critically and financially from week to week.

 

The top five films for the week, The Boss ($23.48 million), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($23.43 million), Zootopia ($14.3 million), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($6.4 million) and Hardcore Henry ($5 million) averaged 44.2 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The highest rated film in the top 5 (and in the top 10) is Zootopia with a 98 percent rating, while the lowest in the top 10 is The Boss at 17 percent.

The top 10 have a slightly higher score among critics surveyed with an average of 47.7 percent, even though the number 8 slot for the week, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, has the lowest score for the week at 12 percent.

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Sorry, Shailene. The critics aren’t feeling you.

The bottom half of the top 10 includes Miracles from Heaven ($4.8 million), God’s Not Dead 2 ($4.3 million), The Divergent Series: Allegiant ($3.6 million), 10 Cloverfield Lane ($3 million) and Eye in The Sky ($2.8 million).

Rotten Tomatoes scores among the top 10 start with Zootopia‘s 98 percent rating and falls from there to Eye in The Sky (92 percent), 10 Cloverfield Lane (89 percent), Hardcore Henry (51 percent), Miracles from Heaven (49 percent), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (29 percent), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (26 percent), The Boss (17 percent), God’s Not Dead (14 percent) and The Divergent Series: Allegiant (12 percent).

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“Ralph” and “Grinch” Steal Slow Box Office Weekend

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Aside from the re-release of Schindler’s List, there is nothing new in the box office for the weekend. Seriously, there’s nothing. And I thought last weekend was slow. With no new films in the running, it’s pretty much a repeat as the box office takes a snow day.

Once again, no surprise, Ralph Breaks The Internet is still on top. In its third weekend, the animated Disney adventure grossed $16 million for the weekend and $140 million for its domestic total. It still has a ways to go to top its $175 million but it should be closing in soon. Also no surprise following closely behind is Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, the computer-animated holiday comedy based on the book by Dr. Seuss. After five weekends, it’s still in the top 5, making another $15 million for the weekend and $223 million domestic total. Worth noting is that, despite this weekend being slow, the movie only took a 15% dip from last weekend. And you can bet it’ll be sticking around for the rest of December.

As for everything else, very few films moved from their spots with one exception. Green Book, the historical racial drama, is picking up steam and has moved up from #10 last weekend to #7 after being added to more than 100 more theaters. Good word of mouth is getting around about this film as its domestic total is now sitting at $19 million for being in less than 2,000 theaters after four weekends.

Check out the full box office results below:
Ralph Breaks The Internet ($16,141,000)
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch ($15,175,000)
Creed II ($10,322,515)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ($6,805,000)
Bohemian Rhapsody ($6,000,000)
Instant Family ($5,600,000)
The Possession of Hannah Grace ($3,935,000)
Robin Hood ($3,585,000)
Widows ($3,175,000)
Green Book ($3,100,000)

Next weekend, the break is over and genre movies will be in full swing. Mortal Engines, a CGI-heavy fantasy, will debut in 3,000 theaters. The Mule, a new drug-related drama directed and starring Clint Eastwood, will premiere in 2,400 theaters. And Sony’s new animated superhero film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, will be hitting 3,400 theaters. It’s a pretty much a sure bet that Spider-Man will take that weekend, given its PG-rated superhero appeal and the big word-of-mouth it’s getting from critic circles.


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“Ralph” Reigns Again on Slow Box Office Weekend

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We’re currently in the eye of the fall movie storm. All is fairly quiet this weekend. The only new release was that of a small horror film, The Possession of Hannah Grace. So small, in fact, that it only came in at #7 for the weekend with a gross of $6.5 million. As such, few films moved very far from their spots. Last weekend’s winner, the animated adventure Ralph Breaks The Internet, was once again on top, even though it wasn’t a very strong second weekend of $25 million, a 54% drop. Still, the film has made $119 million so far and is well on its way to covering its $175 million budget.

Surprisingly jumping up a spot is Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, the latest animated film Illumination Studios based on the classic Christmas book. The film jumped up from #3 to #2, making $17 million with the domestic gross now up to $203 million. Creed II, the sequel to the Rocky spinoff, took a step down for its second weekend, grossing $16 million with a domestic total of $81 million. It’s no surprise that the biggest drop of the weekend was Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the sequel to the Harry Potter spinoff. Due to low critic ratings and poor fan reactions, the film tumbled 61% with its domestic gross sitting at $134 million.

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View the full top 10 box office winner for the weekend below.

Ralph Breaks The Internet ($25,756,000)
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch ($17,730,000)
Creed II ($16,832,863)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ($11,200,000)
Bohemian Rhapsody ($8,100,000)
Instant Family ($7,150,000)
The Possession of Hannah Grace ($6,500,000)
Robin Hood ($4,700,000)
Widows ($4,400,000)
Green Book ($3,900,000)

Next weekend is so sparse with new content that the biggest release is going to be an anniversary screening of Schindler’s List, hitting 1,000 screens. It’s a good time to take in some smaller releases as Mary Queen of Scots, Ben is Back, and Vox Lux will be having limited releases. So it’s safe to expect a repeat of this weekend’s trends in the box office.


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“Ralph” Breaks The Box Office, “Creed” Close Behind

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Thanksgiving week is a time for family and there were plenty out to the theater last week for an animated family picture. Ralph Breaks The Internet, the Disney-animated sequel to 2012’s video game adventure comedy Wreck-It Ralph, came in at #1 for the weekend with $55 million and $84 million since its debut on Wednesday. This puts it above the Disney studio’s previous Thanksgiving hit Moana, which had a 5-day total of $82 million.

Not too far behind is Creed II, the sequel to the Rocky spin-off starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. The boxing sequel took in $35 million for the weekend and $55 million since Wednesday. This is a stronger opening than the first film which came in at $29 million for the weekend.

And it was slim leftovers for the two other debuts. Robin Hood, the latest action remake of the classic tale, came in at #7 with only $9 million for the weekend, $14 million since Wednesday. Green Book, a drama about a black singer in the racist south of America, came in at #9 for its expanded week to make $5 million for the weekend and $7 million for its domestic total.

The Crimes of Grindelwald is not fairing to well for its second weekend. The Harry Potter spin-off has dropped to #4 with a domestic weekend gross of $30 million, a 52% drop. The film still hasn’t cleared its $200 million budget with a domestic gross of $117 million and it looks like it may never cross that mark as we head into December with more genre titles. Beating it out for #3 is Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, the theatrically animated adaptation by Illumination, that is proving to have great legs coming into the holiday season. Worth noting at #10 is A Star Is Born, its domestic total now having crossed $191 million to make it one of the most profitable films of the year.

View the full top 10 box office results for the weekend below:

Ralph Breaks The Internet ($55,672,000)
Creed II ($35,293,000)
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch ($30,210,000)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ($29,650,000)
Bohemian Rhapsody ($13,855,000)
Instant Family ($12,500,000)
Robin Hood ($9,125,000)
Widows ($7,955,000)
Green Book ($5,443,000)
A Star is Born ($3,005,000)

Next weekend is, well, it’s pretty dead. So dead that a ghost movie is occupying the rather blank spot. Possession of Hannah Grace, a modest horror production, will be arriving in under 2,000 theaters. So it’s fair to say you can expect Ralph to breakthrough for another weekend of success.


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