Box Office Preview: 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' to Win Holiday Turkey Trot
'Creed II' is also looking like a Thanksgiving winner, while 'Robin Hood' could go hungry; 'The Favourite' unfurls in New York and Los Angeles.
Walt Disney Animation's sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet will have no trouble winning this year's turkey trot at the Thanksgiving box office, while Creed 2 is expected to pack plenty of punches, as well.
Both films, along with Hollywood's latest Robin Hood rendition, are opening Wednesday in order to get a jump on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Holdover Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which hit theaters last weekend, should also stay high on the chart in its second outing.
Prerelease tracking shows Ralph Breaks the Internet earning $67 million to $75 million during the Wednesday-Sunday corridor, one of the best moviegoing stretches of the year for family fare. 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.
MGM's Creed II, which sees the return of stars Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Sylvester Stallone from the original, is tracking for a five-day debut in the $44 million-$54 million range. Most critics have embraced the sequel to the Ryan Coogler-directed Creed (2015), which revived the long-dormant Rocky franchise.
Creed II was helmed by Steven Caple Jr.
Robin Hood, from Lionsgate's Summit label, isn't looking so dashing. Tracking suggests the movie, directed by Otto Bathurst and starring Taron Egerton in the titular role, will post a five-day opening of $13 million to $15 million. 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 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.