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Battle at the Box Office 12/3

Not a lot changed at the box office over the weekend following the onslaught of Thanksgiving, with the top 5 remaining in their same positions with Ralph Breaks the Internet on top for another weekend.

Ralph Breaks the Internet took in another $25.5 million, about a 54% drop from last weekend, and bringing it to over $119 million for its two weeks out.  It’s on pace with Coco and Moana but still nowhere close to Disney’s Thanksgiving champ, Frozen, which made over $67 million its second weekend out. Ralph also made another $33.7 million worldwide, bringing its worldwide total to just over $207 million.

The Grinch remained in second with another $17.9 million, taking it to just shy of $204 million domestic and it’s Illumination’s eighth movie to cross over $200 million, with only Hop failing to do so.

Creed II dropped around 53% but actually added 135 additional theaters, pulling another $16.6 million and bringing it to $80.9 million for two weeks out.  It’s already outgrossed Rocky Balboa’s entire run and is pacing $17 million ahead of where Creed was during the same time frame.

The Crimes of Grindelwald and Bohemian Rhapsody rounded out the top 5, with the latter now officially the highest grossing musical biopic of all time with $540 million worldwide and counting.

The weekend’s only new release, The Possession of Hannah Grace, opened in seventh place with $6.4 million.  That’s double what Unfriended: Dark Web and Unsane made in their opening weekends but about $5 million below what Sony’s other horror flop, Slender Man, opened to during the summer and nowhere near horror hits like The Nun, which made over $50 million its opening weekend.

Almost breaking into the top 10 was 2.0, a Bollywood action movie that took eleventh place with $2.7 million.  The Favourite was also the Per Theater winner for another week, making $31,538 in 34 theaters.

In big international news, summer comedy smash Crazy Rich Asians finally opened in China but was met with an icier reception than Star Wars. The movie only made around $800,000 on Friday and Saturday in China and many theaters pulled it before the weekend was finished, so it will barely make $1 million if it’s lucky.  Chinese audiences expressed confusion and annoyance at what they perceived as Asian stereotypes being celebrated and there were also no stars that had any real cachet for Chinese audiences.  The movie made over $237 million during it’s run earlier this year and a sequel is already in production.

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