Walt Disney Animation Studios sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet opened in first place with an estimated $84.5 million from 4,017 theaters over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday ($55.7 million for the three-day weekend). The debut marks the second-best Thanksgiving opening ever behind only Frozen‘s $93.6 million, and the third-biggest Thanksgiving weekend performance (trailing only The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s $109.9 million and Frozen). Walt Disney Animation Studios now holds the top three Thanksgiving debuts (five-day) of all time, while The Walt Disney Studios holds the top five spots.
Internationally, Ralph Breaks the Internet debuted with $41.5 million from 18 markets, with $19.5 million of that figure coming from China alone. That puts the global five-day debut at $126 million for the animated film, which received an A- CinemaScore from audiences. By comparison, Wreck-It Ralph grossed $471.2 million total worldwide in 2012, with $189.4 million coming from North America and $281.8 million from overseas.
Directed by Rich Moore (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph) and Phil Johnston (co-writer Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids, co-writer Zootopia), Ralph Breaks the Internet features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Ali Wong, Timothy Simons, Glozell Green, Hamish Blake, Alfred Molina, and Gal Gadot.
Opening in second place domestically was Creed II (MGM), which collected $55.8 million over the five days from 3,441 theaters and $35.3 million for the three-day weekend. That tops the first Creed, which opened to $42.1 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday in 2015. Directed by Steven Caple Jr., Creed II received an A CinemaScore. Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, Andre Ward, Florian “The Big Nasty” Munteanu, Dolph Lundgren, and Russell Hornsby star.
Illumination Entertainment’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Universal Pictures) dropped two spots to fourth place in North America and added another $42 million over the five days ($30.2 million for the three days), to put its three-week domestic total at $180.4 million. The animated film also brought in $7.6 million overseas, for an international total of $35.3 million and global sum of $215.8 million. The Grinch, produced for $75 million, was directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney and features the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, Angela Lansbury, and Pharrell Williams.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald dropped to third place in North America for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday with $43.3 million ($29.7 million for the three-day weekend). The sequel has now earned $117.1 million domestically. Internationally, The Crimes of Grindelwald added an impressive $83.7 million this weekend from 80 markets to bring its overseas total to $322.6 million ($51.9 million from China) and global total to $439.7 million. Made for $200 million, the David Yates-directed sequel stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp.
20th Century Fox’s Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody rounded out the top five with $19.4 million over the five-day period and $13.9 million for the three-day weekend. The film has now grossed $152 million domestically after four weeks. Internationally, Bohemian Rhapsody added another $38 million and has now earned $320 million, for a worldwide total of $472.2 million. Made for $52 million, Bohemian Rhapsody stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, as well as Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers.
Paramount Pictures dramedy Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner, Tig Notaro, and Margo Martindale, took sixth place with $17.4 million over the five days and $12.5 million for the weekend. Made for $48 million, the film has earned $35.8 million after two weeks.
Lionsgate‘s Summit Entertainment released Robin Hood in 2,827 theaters, but the film managed to bring in just $14.2 million in seventh place over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday ($9.1 million over the weekend). Directed by Otto Bathurst, Robin Hood stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Tim Minchin, and Jamie Dornan. The film received a B CinemaScore from audiences.
Coming in at No. 8, Steve McQueen’s Widows (20th Century Fox) added $10.6 million over the five days and $7.96 million over the weekend. Made for $42 million, the film has earned $25.6 million after two weeks. The film earned $4.6 million from 43 international markets and is up to $13 million overseas. Widows stars Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas, and Brian Tyree Henry.
Universal Pictures increased the theater count for director Peter Farrelly’s Green Book to 1,063 and the film grossed $7.4 million in ninth place for the five-day frame ($5.4 million for the weekend). That puts the film’s total at $7.8 million after two weeks. The drama stars Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco, Dimiter D. Marinov, and P.J. Byrne.
And in tenth place, Warner Bros. Pictures’ A Star is Born added $3 million this weekend to take its eight-week domestic total to $191 million. The film also brought in $3.5 million this weekend internationally and is up to $162.4 million overseas and $353.4 million worldwide. Produced for $36 million, the film stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Cooper also directed the film.
Meanwhile, Sony Pictures’ Venom brought in another $21.3 million overseas this weekend and has now grossed $610.8 million internationally, with $242.9 million of that total coming from China. Combined with the $211.7 million it has earned domestically, the movie is now at $822.5 million. The Ruben Fleischer-directed film cost $100 million to make and stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.
Fox Searchlight Pictures also released Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite in just four theaters where it debuted with $420,000, an impressive $105,000 per-theater average. The film stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult , Joe Alwyn, James Smith, and Mark Gatiss.