Let us give thanks, for the holiday weekend that just ended led to a record-breaking haul at the box office. Over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend—measured from Wednesday to Sunday—sales rocketed to $314 million, led by studio sequels Ralph Breaks the Internet and Creed II, which earned $84.5 million and $55.8 million, respectively. Per The Hollywood Reporter, this was the biggest Thanksgiving weekend since the $295 million haul in 2013, ushered by films like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen.
Creed II and Ralph were natural box office hits, two sequels buoyed by their critically and commercially successful predecessors. Both films also managed to handily outdo those predecessors; Wreck-It Ralph made $49 million in its debut, while the first Creed made $42 million.
The box office was rounded out by Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, a critically drubbed addition to the Harry Potter oeuvre that was nonetheless box office chum, snapping up $43 million to add to its $439 million global bounty. Also at the box office was the new iteration of The Grinch, which made $42 million, and Bohemian Rhapsody, another studio release that is Teflon to negative reviews, thus far picking up $427 million worldwide.
Robin Hood, starring Taron Edgarton and Jamie Foxx, also rounded out the holiday box office, making a disappointing $14 million debut. Meanwhile, The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimoss awards season frontrunner starring Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, and Rachel Weisz, opened Friday in four theaters and made a sterling $415,000. Green Book, the Mahershala Ali–Viggo Mortensen led drama (that has already courted controversy in its long, awards season race to the Oscars) brought its cumulative take up to $7 million. And The Front Runner, Jason Reitmans topical, but apparently lagging political drama, expanded to 807 locations, but brought its box office total to a mere $1.05 million.
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