As expected, the latest animated re-imagining of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas took the top spot at the box office this weekend with $66M, adding another $12.7M overseas for a worldwide total of $78.7M for its debut weekend.
Unfortunately, not every holiday movie saw such success. It’s been a Blue Christmas for Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms which fell 53% in it’s second weekend, after a disastrous debut, earning just $9.6M for a domestic total of $35.3M. While it’s proving a bit more popular overseas, racking up $61.4M in 45 markets over its two weekends, there is a very real chance that this movie won’t be able to last until Christmas which is still well over a month away with several big-name movies slated for release in that time.
Bohemian Rhapsody continued to defy its original estimates as it belted out another $30.9M domestic, slipping past the $100M threshold in the process, while adding $63M overseas for a worldwide total of $285.2M.
The biggest loser of the weekend, though, belongs to Sony’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web. After being roughed up by the critics, (currently sitting at 43% on Rotten Tomatoes with a 5.3/10 average score) the adaptation managed just $8M in North America for a movie that cost about $43M (before marketing) to produce.
Luckily for Sony, it wasn’t all bad this weekend. An infamous Spider-Man villain continues to be their hero as Tom Hardy’s Venom earned $111M in its China debut – the second largest Chinese opening ever for a superhero film behind only Marvel’s Infinity War from earlier this year. It added $4.9M in North America as it leaps closer to the $700M mark with a global total of $673.5M.
The Domestic Box Office Chart for 11/9 – 11/11
- The Grinch – $66M
- Bohemian Rhapsody – $30.9M
- Overlord – $10.1M
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – $9.6
- The Girl in the Spider’s Web – $8M