Box Office Wrap Up: Queen is King.
Bohemian Rhapsody rules the box office as November tries to continue October’s hot streak.
The weather has been cold and miserable, but the box office has been red hot this fall. Coming off a record setting October, our first frame in November has solid numbers to boast about. The Queen musical biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, was the champion with better than anticipated numbers. While not all of the new arrivals fared so well, the overall take at the ticket office has the month starting off strong.
This Week in Box Office History.
October 2018 set the record book on fire, notching 820 million dollars when the leaves settled. November is starting out strong with 145 million dollars in sales, but it is going to have a higher bar to clear. The all-time tops for November was just over a billion dollars, set in 2012 and led by the final movie in the Twilight saga. Since then, Marvel movies like Thor Ragnarok and Doctor Strange have kept the month’s totals high.
Potential hits abound with Illumination’s The Grinch, Creed 2, and Fantastic Beasts 2. Disney had the potential for two big tentpole films with Wreck It Ralph 2 and The Nutcracker…but the Nutcracker choked on a filbert this week. Overall the box office was up 40% from last week but down 20% from last year. Time to get cracking.
Top Film Last Year: Thor Ragnarok.
Top Film Last Decade: High School Musical 3.
Top Three Films.
Bohemian Rhapsody rocked the box office in first place with 51 million dollars. The film overcame middling reviews and a troubled production cycle to overperform expectations. With a budget of just 52 million dollars and 100 million dollars in additional foreign sales, the Queen biopic seems under very little pressure at the moment.
Second place proved a harder nut to crack as Disney struggled with a second consecutive live action fantasy film. After the failure of A Wrinkle in Time, projections were cautious for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. On paper it seemed in line with Snow White and the Huntsman (56 million debut), and optimistically could have faired as well as Alice in Wonderland (116 million). Unfortunately it underperformed even Alice Through the Looking Glass (26 million) and A Wrinkle in Time (33 million.) It took in just 20 million dollars amidst scathing reviews. Disney better hope Mary Poppins pops in December or the live action gravy train may be permanently derailed.
Back to sunnier news, Nobody’s Fool notched a solid success for third place. The Tyler Perry helmed, Tiffany Haddish led comedy took in 13 million dollars against a 19 million dollar budget. It’s on the low side for Tyler Perry comedies, but since so many of his films are franchises it is a solid debut for an original property.
Despite a nationwide expansion, Amazon Studio‘s Beautiful Boy fell outside the top ten. It took in just over a million dollars and expands further next weekend based on early Oscar buzz. Fellow Amazon production, Suspiria, notched just shy of a million dollars and held in the top twenty.