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Box office: Wreck-It-Ralph scores higher than The Grinch for pre-holiday supremacy

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Dec 9, 2018, 10:08 AM EST

Two animation mainstays were battling it out at this weekend's box office, but only one took home the ultimate crown. 

Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet beat out Illumination's The Grinch with $16.1 million during the pre-holiday domestic malaise. Ralph, currently in its third frame, is at $140.9 million in North America and $258.1 million around the globe. The Grinch, now celebrating its fifth week in theaters, took in $15.2 million, bringing its domestic $223.5 million domestically and over $322.3 million internationally.

As we've mentioned in previous box office roundups, the Wreck-It-Ralph sequel has underperformed in contrast to its predecessor. In its third weekend in theaters, the first movie only took in just $4.8 million domestically, but it had already surpassed $150 million by that point.

Conversely, The Grinch is outdoing its live-action predecessor, which hadn't yet broken the $200 million ceiling after a month in December of 2000. However, Ron Howard and Jim Carrey's take on Dr. Seuss's holiday classic did go on to make more than $345 million worldwide by the end of its theatrical run, so let's see if the CGI version can do the same. Right now, prospects are looking good. 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald took fourth place (after Creed II) with $6.8 million, boosting its North American gross to $145 million. Globally, the Wizarding World follow-up is now over $568.5 million. Like Ralph, The Crimes of Grindelwald is not as strong as the first film, which took in more than $18 million in its third weekend in December of 2016. 

While this weekend's box office battle is nothing to write home about, things will really pick up next week with two major releases, Peter Jackson's Mortal Engines and Sony's Into the Spider-Verse. Once Upon a Deadpool (a PG-13 recut of Deadpool 2) debuts two days before both on Dec. 12. The competition will only get more fierce the following week with the introduction of Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman, and Bumblebee. Aquaman has already made $94 million in China, a good omen for its North American debut. 

(via The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Box Office Mojo)