‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ and ‘Creed II’ Are Thanksgiving Hits
Posted November 25, 2018 2:39 p.m. EST
LOS ANGELES — Thanksgiving movie audiences stuck with the equivalent of grandma’s green beans almondine — the tried and true. A well-reviewed sequel from Walt Disney Animation, “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” sold the most tickets, followed by “Creed II,” the eighth film in the “Rocky” series.
But original offerings, including a newfangled “Robin Hood” and the political drama “The Front Runner,” were scraped into the garbage disposal.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” with a voice cast led by John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, collected an estimated $55.7 million at North American theaters over the weekend, for a total of $84.5 million since arriving Wednesday, according to Comscore. Its series predecessor, “Wreck-It Ralph,” took in $49 million over its first three days in theaters in early November 2012, or about $55 million after adjusting for inflation.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which cost Disney at least $300 million to make and market, collected an additional $41.5 million in a handful of foreign countries, including China.
“Creed II,” which also received mostly favorable reviews, took in a strong $35.3 million between Friday and Sunday in the United States and Canada, for a total of $55.8 million since arriving Wednesday — 22 percent above the Thanksgiving 2015 debut of “Creed,” after adjusting for inflation.
Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone reprise their roles in “Creed II,” which cost roughly $100 million to make and market and involved multiple studios, including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Annapurna and Warner Bros. “Creed II” will start to arrive in wide overseas release this week.
It was not a happy holiday for Lionsgate, which released “Robin Hood” on 2,827 screens in North America. Audiences seemed to agree with critics, who largely reviled this updated version of the classic story: Ticket sales added up to about $9.1 million between Friday and Sunday, for a total of $14.2 million since arriving Wednesday. Lionsgate spent about $100 million (not including marketing costs) to make “Robin Hood,” which was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and a partner, Jennifer Davisson. Lionsgate recouped some of its investment by selling overseas distribution rights.
While still playing in relatively limited release — 807 locations — ahead of a planned wider rollout next weekend, “The Front Runner” (Sony) can be declared a major box-office misfire. The film, which received mixed reviews and stars Hugh Jackman as 1988 presidential contender Gary Hart, took in about $885,000 over the five-day Thanksgiving period. “The Front Runner” was independently financed by Bron Studios of Canada and Creative Wealth Media.
Also of note: Alfonso Cuarón’s critically acclaimed “Roma” played in a handful of theaters in New York and Los Angeles, part of an olive branch by its distributor, Netflix, to awards voters. Netflix declined to report ticket sales, however.
In spot checks over the weekend, it appeared that “Roma” played to sold-out or nearly sold-out screenings. Netflix will push “Roma” into a more theaters next weekend, ahead of its worldwide streaming release on Dec. 14.