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Disney’s animation empire could enjoy its biggest Thanksgiving feast ever at the box office.
Ralph Breaks the Internet gobbled up a huge $10.3 million on Thursday from 4,017 theaters for a revised Wednesday-Sunday debut of $90 million-$94 million. If it comes in on the higher end, the animated family film will score the best opening ever for the long holiday weekend, besting fellow Disney Animation Studios’ blockbuster Frozen ($93.6 million), not adjusted for inflation. Last year, Disney/Pixar’s Coco earned $72.9 million for the five days, and Disney Animation Studios’ Moana $82.1 million the year before.
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. The family film received an A- CinemaScore and favorable reviews.
MGM’s Creed II is also taking to the holiday ring in a major way, earning $8.9 million on Thursday from 3,359 locations for a projected five-day launch of $60 million or more, the best Thanksgiving opening of all time for a live-action title.
The well received sequel, nabbing an A CinemaScore, sees the return of stars Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Sylvester Stallone, and is succeeding in drawing a notably diverse audience. The movie, further reviving the iconic Rocky franchise, cost a reported $50 million to produce.
Both films opened on Wednesday in order to partake in the lucrative holiday corridor. The prospects are far less fruitful for the two other new nationwide offerings.
Lionsgate’s big-budget Robin Hood earned just $1.9 million on Thursday from 2,715 locations for an estimated five-day start of $14 million after getting ravaged by critics and slapped with a ho-hum B CinemaScore from moviegoers.
The movie, costing nearly $100 million to produce, is directed by Otto Bathurst and stars Taron Egerton in the titular role. 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.
As awards season heats up, DreamWorks and Participant expanded director Peter Farrelly’s Green Book nationwide on Wednesday to disappointing results. The film, starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, grossed $1 million on Thursday from 1,062 cinemas for a projected five-day gross of $7 million.
Earlier this month, Mortensen had to apologize after using the N-word during a post-screening discussion in Los Angeles. The 1960s period drama stars Ali as a classical pianist who embarks on a road trip through the segregated South in the 1960s with a white driver (Mortensen).
Among holdovers, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spinoff and sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is in a close race with Universal’s animated family film The Grinch for third place.
Nov. 23, 7:45 a.m. Updated with Thursday grosses and revised holiday estimates.
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