Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet and Warner Bros.' Creed II opened a little early for the extended Thanksgiving break, and it looks like Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) will go down for the count after taking a major beating from the massive, boxing glove-like fists of Wreck-It-Ralph (John C. Reilly). The animated video game sequel is on course to take the top spot with the high score of $84.9 million from 4,017 domestic locations.
Thanks to the five-day holiday hiatus, the sequel was able to top the first Wreck-It-Ralph, which racked up just over $49 million in a regular three-day weekend in early November 2012. According to early projections, the sequel is on the fast track to make $189 million in North America and $471 million internationally. So far, it's the second-biggest Thanksgiving opening ever after Frozen, which opened during the holiday weekend in 2013, making nearly $100 million in just five short days.
Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, Ralph Breaks the Internet finds Ralph and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a missing part for Vanellope's game before the owner of the arcade, Mr. Litwak (Ed O'Neill), decides to scrap her game.
Given that a person can find anything on the information superhighway, Disney was able to dig deep into its treasure chest of properties, from Marvel, to Lucasfilm. New voice talents for the follow-up include Taraji P. Henson, Gal Gadot, Bill Hader, and Alfred Molina.
Creed II, which revolves around Adonis fighting the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren reprises his role as the Russian boxer that killed Apollo in 1985's Rocky IV), will take the second spot at the box office with $55.8 million from 3,441 domestic theaters.
Also in play over the holiday weekend are Warner Bros.' Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Illumination Entertainment's The Grinch. Fantastic Beasts former took the third spot with an estimated $43.3 million, while The Grinch took the fourth spot with $42 million.
So far, J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World sequel has made $290 million worldwide ($99M domestically), while the third adaptation of Dr. Seuss's holiday classic has taken in $186 million worldwide ($161M domestically). In the context of the normal weekend (e.g. Nov. 23 - Nov. 25), The Grinch beat out Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by taking in just over $30 million—Beasts only broke $29 million over the last two days.
Lionsgate's take on Robin Hood should take fifth place with $14 million from 2,827 North American theaters. That's not a very promising start for a movie that cost the studio an estimated $90-$100 million to produce.
Directed by Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders), the film takes a more action-y/superhero approach to the famous thief of Nottingham (played this time by Kingsman's Taron Egerton). Despite a very talented cast (Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, F. Murray Abraham, Jamie Dornan), critics were not impressed and felt that, like the people Robin steals for, it was a very poor adaptation indeed.
On the world stage, Tom Hardy's Venom surpassed the $800 million milestone, the second highest-grossing superhero origin film after Marvel Studios' Black Panther. Even in the face of so-so reviews, Venom has now made more money than Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and Deadpool. A sequel is now almost assured to be greenlit by Sony.