Universal and Illumination’s “The Grinch” stole the number one spot at the box office from Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and beat another newcomers “Overlord” and “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”.
The adaptation of the Dr. Seuss holiday tale now ranks as the best start for a Christmas film. Earned $66 million debut, put “The Grinch” as the third largest opening weekend for an animated feature in November behind “The Incredible” and “Frozen”.
Internationally, “The Grinch” opened in 23 locations with an estimated $12.7 million for a $78.7 million global debut. Leading the way was a $6.5 million debut in the UK and Ireland followed by Brazil ($1.3m), Norway ($747k) and Sweden ($668k). The film has yet to open in 48 territories including key marketplaces such as France, Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Japan, China, Korea and Russia.
Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” took the number two spot with estimated $30 million on its second weekend and reached total gross $100 million. Internationally, “Bohemian Rhapsody” still hold strong with an estimated $68 million and grossed over $285 million worldwide.
Newcomer Paramount’s “Overlord”, the r-rated supernatural horror produced by J.J. Abrams landed in the third position with an estimated $10 million debut. It is slightly below the expectation. “Overlord” also opened internationally in 52 markets, but only grossed $20 million on its debut.
Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” dropped 50% in its second weekend with $9.6 million to bring its domestic total to a disappointing $35 million and currently in number four on our list. Internationally the film added another $13.5 million from 45 markets for a global cume that currently stands at $96.7 million.
Finished at number five, Sony’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” delivered disappointing performance with $8 million debut. Suffered from negative reviews, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” also performed not so well overseas, earned only $6.2 million from 49 markets with total gross $16.3 million.