‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Stays No. 1 With $26 Million

December box office starts quiet, as top five remains unchanged

Last Updated: December 2, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

Post-Thanksgiving weekend tends to be a quiet one at the box office, with previous releases still casting a shadow over the market and moviegoers generally skipping the cinemas as the Christmas season kicks off. This year was no different — the top five went unchanged and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” easily held on to the No. 1 spot.

In its second weekend, “Ralph” added $26.1 million to bring its domestic total to $119.7 million after two weekends. By comparison, “Wreck-It Ralph” had grossed $101 million at the same point in its theatrical run six years ago, signifying a 18.5 percent increase for the sequel.

Outside the top five, the only new wide release this weekend, Sony’s “The Possession of Hannah Grace,” hit tracker projections with a $6.5 million opening from 2,065 screens. While the film was panned with a C- on CinemaScore and a 20 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, Sony reached their launch goal on this thrifty, $12 million horror title.

As for the rest of the charts, Illumination/Universal’s “The Grinch” continues to have a strong hold with family audiences despite the presence of “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” In its fourth weekend, the film has hit $200 million domestic with a total of $17.7 million, pushing its cume to $203 million.

In third is MGM’s “Creed II,” sitting just behind “Grinch” with a $16.8 million second weekend. Like “Ralph,” the “Rocky” spinoff is showing an improvement over the first “Creed” with an $81 million total and a 25.5 percent improvement over the $64.5 million two-weekend total of its predecessor.

Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” takes fourth with $11.2 million, taking its total to $134 million after three weekends. Fox/New Regency’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” completes the top five with just under $8 million and $164 million after five weekends.

Finally, down in 10th place, Universal/DreamWorks/Participant Media’s “Green Book” had the strongest post-Thanksgiving hold with $3.9 million. That’s just a 29 percent Friday-Sunday drop from last weekend, showing that the awards contender is finding the word of mouth that Universal is hoping will carry it through December despite the muted wide opening. “Green Book” now has a domestic total of $14 million.