Box Office Wrap Up: Grinch Steals First Place.
Illumination bucked critics to land the top spot with their adaptation of Dr. Suess’ beloved Christmas story.
There’s plenty of presents under the tree for Hollywood this weekend as the box office continues to deliver. Led by Dr. Suess’ The Grinch, sales improved on last week’s already strong performance. It seems fans are happy to spread the love around as sales remain strong across the board instead of being concentrated in just one or two hits. This should make for a competitive holiday season as the box office attempts to break yet another earnings record in 2018.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office rose 11% over last week and 8% over last year. That’s great news as the last two years featured mega hits from Marvel, Thor Ragnarok and Doctor Strange. Rather than rely on one big film to do the heavy lifting, 2018 has been spreading the wealth around. Illumination’s The Grinch took in 66 million at the top spot, but that was just around a third of the total earnings. Films like Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born, and Venom continue to post solid numbers. For comparison, Thor and Strange posted closer to 40 and 50% of the total earnings respectively.
Top Film Last Year: Thor Ragnarok.
Top Film Last Decade: Madagascar Escape 2 Africa.
Top Three Films.
The Grinch sleighed into town and took first place with 66 million dollars domestically and 12 million from foreign markets. It’s a strong showing for a film with a 75 million dollar budget, but it may have been a bit of a let down for Illumination. It is the third lowest debut for an Illumination Studio film, and four million less than their adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Compared with other Seuss movies, however, it did quite well: it bested both live action Seuss films and came in second with just The Lorax doing better.
Second place kept the band together for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. In two weeks of release it has taken in 100 million dollars at home, doubling its 52 million dollar budget. The film really hits the high notes when you factor in overseas tickets, where it belts out another 185 million dollars in sales.
Another new release cracked the top three with Bad Robot’s World War 2 horror/thriller Overlord taking in 10 million dollars in the US and nearly the same amount abroad. It’s going to need some legs under it as it sports a considerable 38 million dollar budget. So far, it’s boasted strong critical scores, though it is underperforming other Bad Robot properties such as 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Disney’s The Nutcracker continues to underwhelm. It took in just 9 million in its second frame, totaling 35 million domestically against a hefty 120 million dollar budget. It is getting some help from other markets, where it has taken in 65 million dollars.
Hollywood’s latest attempt to jumpstart the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo franchise landed in 5th place with 8 million dollars. That’s 4 million less than 2011’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which obviously did not lead to sequels. Foreign sales were about equal to domestic tickets with another 8 million added, but it’s still a ways from covering the 43 million dollar budget.