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Equalizer Edges Out Mamma Mia for Sequel of the Weekend

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Two sequels battled it out for the top slot of the weekend and it was a very close call. The Equalizer 2, the action-thriller sequel to the 2014 film featuring the returning Denzel Washington, grossed a small $35.8 million. While that may seem like a pitiful debut for a summer action romp, consider its competition of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! The sequel to the 2008 romance musical based on the Broadway hit brought in $34.3 million. We’ll have to wait for the actuals as it may be too close to call but the estimates are calling Equalizer the winner. But considering Equalizer 2 had a budget of $62 million and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again a $75 million budget, neither are exactly big winners. Even though it only came in at #9, the real winner is Unfriended: Dark Web, the social media horror sequel, bringing in only $3.4 million for its debut but easily clearing its small $1 million budget.

Slowly becoming a winner for Sony is Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, the animated monster comedy with the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez. In its second weekend, the film has made $23 million, raisings its domestic gross to $91 million and clearing its $80 million budget. Disney is still struggling to keep Ant-Man and the Wasp afloat, as its third weekend has only brought in $16 million, with a modest domestic gross $164 million, tiny compared to Marvel’s recent giants of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Deadpool 2.

Disney can’t be too worried, however, as Incredibles 2 continues to remain firm in the top 10 as one of the most successful animated films of all-time. Now in its sixth weekend, the animated superhero comedy has brought in $11.5 million for the weekend, placing its huge domestic total at $557 million. Still dominating worldwide is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the dinosaur action-adventure epic starring Chris Pratt, even though its domestic total is only sitting at $383 million after bringing in $11 million for the weekend.

The biggest loser for the weekend is by far Skyscaper, the action epic starring Dwayne Johnson and a very tall building on fire. After one weekend, the film has taken a 56% drop, sending it all the way down to the #7 spot with a weekend gross of $10.9 million. Considering its domestic total of $46 million and a budget of $125 million, it’s not looking for good for the usually reliable box office success of Johnson.

View the full top 10 below:
The Equalizer 2 ($35,825,000)
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! ($34,380,000)
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation ($23,150,000)
Ant-Man and the Wasp ($16,126,000)
Incredibles 2 ($11,520,000)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($11,005,000)
Skyscraper ($10,960,000)
The First Purge ($4,980,000)
Unfriended: Dark Web ($3,495,000)
Sorry to Bother You ($2,823,000)

Next weekend will find Tom Cruise versus DC superheroes. Mission Impossible: Fallout, the sixth in the action franchise starring Tom Cruise, will premiere in 4,000 theaters. The animated comedy Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, a theatrical adaptation of the TV show based on the DC Comics superheroes, will be arriving in over 3,000 theaters. The numbers are working in Mission Impossible’s favor but Teen Titans may not be far behind for the weekend to take the #2 slot.


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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.

Ivo Nandi stars as Moscow Referee and Florian Munteanu as Viktor Drago in CREED II,
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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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“Fantastic Beasts” Feasts on Box Office, “Widows” Wilts

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The weekend belonged to wizards as The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second film in the Harry Potter spin-off prequel saga of Fantastic Beasts, ended up #1 for the weekend. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp, the movie made $62 million and has an international gross sitting at $253 million. With a budget of $200 million, the film has already split evening and will probably make a bit more come the Thanksgiving holiday.

Unfortunately, the domination of Fantastic Beasts has led to the other new films being buried deep in the box office. Instant Family, an original comedy starring Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg, only made $14.7 million to come in at #4. Just below it at #5 is Widows, the original heist picture starring Viola Davis and Daniel Kaluuya among a large ensemble, making only $12.3 million. Widows has been boasting strong reviews and is being considered for Oscar nominations but it looks like it won’t be stirring up bigger business until January rolls around, should the film gain bigger attention when genre films are not dominating the fall schedule.

It’s no surprise at all that the animated comedy The Grinch and Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody are sitting tall in the #2 and #3 slots respectively. They’ve proven to be decent audience pleasers and have both crossed over $100 million for their domestic grosses. Last week’s films have proven not to have much staying power as both Overlord, the Nazi zombie picture, and The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the sequel to the thriller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, dropped over 60%. But was has certainly proven itself over time is A Star is Born, the musical drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, still keeping itself in the top 10 after seven weeks, beating out October’s top contender of Venom for staying power.

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

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ($62,200,000)
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch ($38,165,000)
Bohemian Rhapsody ($15,700,000)
Instant Family ($14,700,000)
Widows ($12,300,000)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms ($4,678,000)
A Star is Born ($4,350,000)
Overlord ($3,850,000)
The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story ($2,500,000)
Nobody’s Fool ($2,260,000)

Next weekend, or Wednesday rather, will be a bout for the Thanksgiving title of box office winner. Ralph Breaks the Internet, the animated arcade themed comedy and sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, will debut in 3,800 theaters. Creed 2, the sequel to the Rocky spinoff Creed, will premiere in 3,350 theaters. Robin Hood, a new and adventurous take on the classic hero, will be sliding into 2,700 theaters. And The Green Book, a racially focused buddy and historical dramedy, will make a modest appearance in 1,000 theaters.


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