From Illumination Entertainment—the studio behind Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets—The Grinch stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) as the iconic green-haired Christmas hater, who plans to rob Whoville of its Yuletide joy with his faithful dog, Max. Cumberbatch is the third actor to take up the role after Boris Karloff and Jim Carrey respectively.
The movie was directed by Yarrow Cheney (The Lorax) and Scott Mosier (Mallrats) and co-stars the voices of Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Pharrell Williams, and Angela Lansbury.
Second place will be taken by the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, but third place is all genre with Paramount's Overlord, expected to take in $10 million.
Produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Julius Avery, the film takes place during WWII on the eve of the D-Day landings. A small squad of American paratroopers find themselves tasked with taking down a radio jamming tower in a quaint French village and discover a gruesome Nazi experiment attempting to turn the dead into supersoldiers for Hitler.
The movie (whose title is taken from the codename for the Allied assault on Normandy) stars Jovan Adepo (Mother!), Wyatt Russell (son of Kurt), Mathilde Ollivier (Boss Level), Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones), John Magaro (The Big Short), Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones), and Dominic Applewhite (The King's Speech).
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is on course for the fourth spot with $9.6 million. Disney's take on the classic story/ballet as been quite underwhelming since it debuted last week. It cost between $120–133 million to make and has only made just over $32 million domestically. Add that to the international markets and it boasts just over $96 million. The added $9.6 million from this weekend won't help it break $100 million.
Elsewhere Venom, and Halloween continue to make money, albeit on a much smaller scale. The two genre movies made $1.2 million, and $1.1 million respectively in Friday returns. Their estimated domestic weekend hauls have not been calculated yet.