7:51am PT by Pamela McClintock
Box Office: 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' Eyes $85M-$90M Thanksgiving Feast
Ralph Breaks the Internet and Creed II are delivering a one-two punch as the Thanksgiving box office gets underway.
Walt Disney Animation's sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet could approach $85 million to $90 million for the Wednesday-Sunday corridor, including $3.8 million in Tuesday previews, according to early Wednesday returns. In terms of its Tuesday evening preview gross, it beat fellow Disney animated Thanksgiving offerings Coco ($2.3 million) and Moana ($2.6 million).
To date, the Thanksgiving record-holder is Disney Animation's Frozen, which grossed $93.6 million for the five days in 2013, not adjusted for inflation. Last year, Disney Animation's Moana earned $82.1 million for the five days.
The critically acclaimed follow-up to the 2012 animated pic Wreck-It Ralph sees John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman returning to lead the voice cast, while newcomers include Gal Gadot and Taraji P. Henson.
Creed II is also feasting at the Wednesday box office for a projected five-day debut of $59 million, including $3.7 million in Tuesday previews. The sequel sees the return of stars Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Sylvester Stallone, and is tracking for a Wednesday to Sunday debut of $44 million to $55 million.
Both films, along with Hollywood's latest Robin Hood rendition, are opening everywhere Wednesday in order to get a jump on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Robin Hood, from Lionsgate's Summit label, isn't looking so dashing. It earned $800,000 in Tuesday previews for a projected five-day debut of $15 million to $17 million, if that. The movie, directed by Otto Bathurst and starring Taron Egerton in the titular role, has been panned by critics. Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson and Jamie Dornan also star in the film, which was originally set to open in March of this year.
On Monday, promotional screenings brought in an additional $400,000, according to Lionsgate.
Holdover Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which hit theaters last weekend, should stay high on the chart in its second outing.
As awards season heats up, DreamWorks and Participant are expanding Green Book nationwide on Wednesday into a total of 1,063 theaters. The drama is projected to earn a subdued $6.5 million for the five days.
Netflix unfurls Alfonso Cuaron's Roma in three cinemas in New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday, although the streamer won't report grosses.
On Friday, Sony's The Front Runner will move into a total of 807 cinemas, while Fox Searchlight unfurls the critical darling The Favourite in four theaters in New York and L.A. Other new specialty offerings set to bow Friday include Shoplifters and Becoming Astrid.
Nov. 21, 2:15 p.m. Updated with revised estimates.