Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” has again topped North American box offices, taking in an estimated $16.1 million (N5.8 billion)for the weekend to narrowly edge out another family-oriented animation, Universal’s “The Grinch,” industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said Sunday.
On a last quiet weekend before the coming crush of holiday films, the order of the top five films on this three-day weekend was, remarkably, exactly the same as last weekend.
“Ralph,” a family-friendly sequel to 2012’s “Wreck It Ralph” with the title character voiced by John C. Reilly, came in just ahead of “Grinch,” which sold $15.7 million (N5.7 billion) in tickets. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the grouchy Seuss-inspired title character in that film.
In third spot again was MGM’s boxing drama “Creed II,” at $10.3 million (N3.7 billion). This latest in the long-running “Rocky” series stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed as he — coached by the aging Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) — takes on the son of the boxer who killed his father.
Fourth place went to “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” from Warner Bros., with a take of $6.8 million (N2.47 billion). The Harry Potter prequel stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law and Johnny Depp.
And in fifth was Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” at $6 million. Rami Malek has drawn rave reviews for his portrayal of rock group Queen’s talented singer Freddie Mercury.
The coming weeks will see the release of some expected blockbusters, including “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The Mule,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Aquaman,” which scored a huge $93.6 (N34.1 billion) million over the weekend in China.
Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:
“Instant Family” with $5.6 million(N2.04 billion)
“Green Book” with $3.9 million (N1.42 billion)
“Robin Hood” with $3.6 million (N1.3 billion)
“The Possession of Hannah Grace” with $3.2 million (N1.16 billion)
“Widows” with $3.1 million(N1.12 billion)