Christmas came early this weekend thanks to Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which should take the second spot at the box office with an estimated $18 - $20 million from 3,766 domestic theaters—the Queen/Freddie Merucy biopic Bohemian Rhapsody gets the top prize this week. Should that $18 - $20 million come to pass, it will be a major disappointment to the House of Mouse, since the movie cost around $125 million to make.
Directed by Lasse Hallström (A Dog's Purpose) and Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger), the film puts a new spin on the Nutcracker story by E.T.A. Hoffmann and the subsequent ballet by Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, and Tchaikovsky.
Even with an ensemble cast of Mackenzie Foy, Morgan Freeman, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Eugenio Derbez, and Jack Whitehall, Four Realms has received so-so reviews from critics, who praise the eye-popping visuals and criticize the lacking story. The whole holiday affair currently holds a 34% on Rotten Tomatoes.
On a global scale, the Halloween sequel/reboot is doing exceptionally well, having murdered its way past $200 million internationally. The domestic box office is pulling most of the weight with $139.4 million, while the global markets have brought in $64.9 million thus far.
There are still five more markets for the film to debut in, meaning that the total figure of $204.3 million will only go up and up. At home, Halloween made a little over $3 million from Friday returns at the start of the weekend. The final tally for the overall three-day period has yet to be determined.
Some honorable mentions this week are Venom ($1.9 million), Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (825,000), Smallfoot ($720,000), and First Man (628,000). Their domestic Friday numbers are too small to register with the bigger players, but still worth a genre shoutout. Like Halloween, their overall weekend hauls haven't been agreed upon just yet.