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Ralph Tops Domestic a Third Time, Aquaman Opens to $93.6M in China

For the third weekend in a row, Walt Disney Animation Studios‘ Ralph Breaks the Internet topped the domestic box office with $16.1 million, to take its three-week total to $140.9 million. Internationally, the sequel added $18 million from 30 markets and has collected $117.3 million ($38.5 million from China), for a worldwide total of $285.2 million. Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, Ralph Breaks the Internet was made for $175 million and 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.

Coming in close in second place was Illumination Entertainment’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Universal Pictures), which added $15.2 million its fifth weekend and has now made $223.5 million. With an additional $98.9 million from international markets, the film has now grossed $322.4 million globally. Directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney, the $75 million film features the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, Angela Lansbury, and Pharrell Williams.

The big story was in China, however. Warner Bros. Pictures released Aquaman in the country this weekend and the DC film brought in RMB 644.8 ($93.6 million) from approximately 33,000 3D screens. That marks the biggest opening weekend for a Warner Bros. title in China, the biggest opening weekend ever for a DC title there (and already exceeding the lifetime gross of Wonder Woman), and the biggest industry opening weekend ever for the month of December in China. Next weekend, Aquaman will open in 40+ more overseas markets, including UK, Russia, Mexico and Brazil.

Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman, Ludi Lin, and Temuera Morrison. The film will open in North American theaters on December 21.

Back at the domestic box office, Creed II (MGM) added $10.3 million in third place and the film has now earned $96.5 million after three weeks. The movie grossed $5.2 million this weekend internationally, to put its overseas total at $23.2 million and worldwide total at $119.7 million. Directed by Steven Caple Jr., Creed II stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, Andre Ward, Florian “The Big Nasty” Munteanu, Dolph Lundgren, and Russell Hornsby. The film was made for $50 million.

In fourth place, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald earned $6.8 million its fourth weekend and is up to $145.2 million in North America. The Crimes of Grindelwald brought in another $22 million overseas and its international total is now at $423.3 million ($57.1 million from China), while its global sum is at $568.5 million so far. 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 for a third-straight weekend with $6 million, to bring its domestic total up to $173.6 million. The film continues to rock audiences internationally as it grossed another $29.2 million from 72 markets. It’s now up to $423 million overseas and $596.6 million worldwide. Made for just $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’ Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner, Tig Notaro, and Margo Martindale, also kept its sixth spot with 5.6 million and a total of $54.2 million after three weeks. Including the $6.3 million earned overseas, Instant Family has grossed $60.5 million worldwide. The dramedy cost $48 million to make.

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