It was a quiet weekend, box office-wise. All the major releases were indies or re-releases, so the top ten was essentially undisturbed from last weekend. Ralph Breaks the Internet held onto the top spot for a third week, seeing its total gross pass $140 million. Dr Seuss’ The Grinch stayed at number two and is close to making treble its budget domestically, and Creed 2 is honing in on $100m domestically.
Four weeks in and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is coming to a halt, having only taken in $6.8m this weekend. It’s still a solid $55m away from making back its budget domestically and I’ll be surprised if it manages that, especially as we move into Xmas. The film is at around $568m overall, which is nothing to sneeze at, but domestic interest is tumbling and I doubt this thing will come close to making the $814m its predecessor did.
In awful news, Bohemian Rhapsody is now the 9th highest grossing film of 2018. Any studio executive that uses those numbers as an excuse to keep hiring Bryan Singer gets thrown into the volcano. Still waiting on that profile, Esquire!
Hey, remember Robin Hood? Nope? Don’t worry, nobody has. 3 weeks in and it’s at $27m domestically from a $100m budget. I saw that film and had to be reminded that I did!
The one film that held on strong this week in the top ten was *sigh* Green Book, which actually saw its gross increase by 0.1% from last week. Word of mouth is faring well here and I imagine the Golden Globe nominations won’t hurt either. Go see Widows instead, it could use the help.
Awards season means boosts for favourites that came out earlier in the year, like the juggernaut of A Star is Born. It saw a 38% increase from last week, thanks to adding back 550 theatres to its run. Meanwhile, The Favourite is close to 100 theatres into its limited run and is still pulling in millions. The top new release of the indie weekend was Mary Queen of Scots, which made $200,000 from 4 theatres for a very impressive per-location average. Behind that was Vox Lux, which made $162,000 from the same number of theatres, and Ben is Back, which grossed just under $81,000 from 4 theatres. Glenn Close’s The Wife saw its gross jump by *checks BoxOfficeMojo* 20,875%?! Granted, that’s mostly because it went from 6 theatres to 421, but still, I thought I’d made a mistake there!
Re-released into theatres this weekend was Schindler’s List, which debuted at number 14, making $551,000 from over 1000 locations. Not a great per theatre average but re-released films are a weird thing for cinemas so these are still decent numbers.
You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.
What films did you watch this weekend? Let us know in the comments.