NEW YORK – On a typically sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend in movie theaters, leftovers led the box office with Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” repeating at No. 1 with $25.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel dropped steeply (54 percent) after nearly setting a Thanksgiving record last weekend. But with only one new film in wide release, nothing came close to “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which sends John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman’s video-game characters into cyberspace. In 11 days of release, the $175 million film has cleared $207 million worldwide.
Still going strong in its fourth week of release, “The Grinch” came in second with $17.7 million in ticket sales. The Dr. Seuss movie, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the Christmas curmudgeon, surpassed $200 million domestically and edged in front of last week’s No. 2 film, the “Rocky” sequel “Creed II.”
Like “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the boxing drama also slid sizably after a big holiday opening, declining 53 percent. “Creed II,” with Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, took in $16.8 million in its second weekend. It has thus far grossed $81.2 million on a $50 million budget.
Rounding out the top five: New “Fantastic Beasts” movie “The Crimes of Grindelwald,” the “Harry Potter” prequel starring Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp, finished fourth with $11.2 million in the film’s third weekend. Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” with Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, held at No. 5 in its fifth weekend with $8.1 million.
The week’s lone new wide release, the horror film “The Possession of Hannah Grace,” opened modestly with $6.5 million. “Anna and the Apocalypse,” a well-reviewed indie mashup – your standard zombie-comedy-musical – debuted in five theaters, with about $50,000 in ticket sales.