LOS ANGELES — Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet topped a quiet weekend at the US box office, marking the third straight win for the animated sequel. It earned $16.2 million in its third week of release, generating $140 million since it opened over Thanksgiving.
Another cartooned adventure almost gave Ralph a run for its money. Illumination and Universal’s The Grinch pocketed $15.2 million in its fifth outing, marking a decline of just 15%. Based on the Dr. Seuss classic holiday tale, The Grinch has made $223.5 million in North America and $322.4 million globally.
A series of holdovers rounded out the top five as studios largely sat out the pre-holiday frame. Moviegoing will get a boost next weekend when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Mule, and Mortal Engines hit theaters. That will kick off a competitive Christmas race as Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman, and Bumblebee enter the fray the following weekend. Aquaman got a head start overseas, launching in China this weekend with a massive $93.6 million.
Creed II landed in third place with $10.3 million in its third outing. Its domestic total now sits at $96.4 million. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald nabbed fourth, picking up another $6.8 million this weekend. That takes its North American tally to $145 million.
Rounding out the top five is Bohemian Rhapsody, drumming up $6 million to bring its Stateside haul to $173.6 million. — Reuters