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Thanksgiving leftovers — namely, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Creed II — will dominate the weekend box office and lord over the sole freshman nationwide offering, Screen Gems’ R-rated horror-thriller The Possession of Hannah Grace.
Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph 2 should top the chart with between $25 million and $30 million in its second outing, followed by Creed II with between $20 million and $25 million.
Hannah Grace (previously titled Cadaver) is tracking to debut in the $5 million range, although Sony/Screen Gems are saying closer to $3 million.
The horror pic, which cost less than $10 million to produce before marketing, tells the tale of a shocking exorcism that claims the life of a young woman. Months later, a morgue worker (Shay Mitchell) takes delivery of a disfigured body and, as it’s locked inside the basement, begins to experience horrifying visions and a demonic force.
Directed by Diederik Van Rooijen and written by Brian Sieve, Hannah Grace also stars Grey Damon, Kirby Johnson and Stana Katic.
Traditionally, Hollywood studios do not release many commercial offerings the two weekends after Thanksgiving as they prepare for the Christmas crush, and this year is no different.
The specialty side of the aisle is also relatively quiet this weekend, although Warner Bros. will test the waters with the Nick Nolte Alzheimer’s drama Head Full of Honey, which will go out in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles.
Over the Dec. 7-9 frame, a flurry of new specialty titles will grace the marquee, including awards hopefuls Ben Is Back and Vox Lux. Mary Queen of Scots and Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes also will launch in select cinemas that weekend.
The major studios will re-enter the fray beginning Dec. 12, when the PG-13 rerelease Once Upon a Time in Deadpool bows, followed by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Clint Eastwood’s The Mule and the Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines over the Dec. 14-16 frame. They will be followed by Mary Poppins Returns on Dec. 19, and Aquaman and the Transformers reboot Bumblebee on Dec. 21, among other holiday entries.
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