LOS ANGELES: Disney’s blockbuster “Ralph Breaks the Internet” continued to lead North American weekend box office with an estimated 25.8 million U.S. dollars for a second weekend in a row, bringing its North American total to 119.29 million dollars through Sunday.
The animated comedy film is the sequel to the 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph.” Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, the film features the voice of John C. Reilly as Ralph. The plot follows video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz who navigate the vast and dynamic world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” also brought in 33.7 million dollars internationally in 27 markets in release this weekend for a global total of 207 million dollars, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.
Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s holiday tale “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” came in second with an estimated 17.73 million dollars in its fourth weekend. The film has earned 203.5 million dollars in North America for a global total of 268.3 million through Sunday.
Based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss book with the title “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the animated remake is the third screen adaptation of the story. Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, the film features the voice of English actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch. The plot follows the Grinch as he plans to ruin Christmas holiday in Whoville by stealing all the town’s decorations and gifts.
MGM’s sports drama film “Creed II” landed in third place with an estimated 16.8 million dollars in its second weekend, pushing its North American total to 81.16 million dollars. The film is the follow up to the 2015’s “Creed.”
Directed by Steven Caple Jr., “Creed II” stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson among others. The plot follows a U.S. light heavyweight contender Adonis Creed who faces off against a powerful
adversary, Viktor Drago, son of Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Ivan killed Adonis’ father Apollo Creed in a tragic match many years before.
In fourth place, Warner Bros.’ fantasy film “Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald” brought in an estimated 11.2 million dollars in its third weekend for a North American total of 134.34 million dollars. Penned by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates, the films of the “Harry Potter” universe is the sequel to 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The plot follows Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore as they attempt to take down the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, while facing new threats in a more divided wizarding world.
Twentieth Century Fox’s biographical film “Bohemian Rhapsody” finished fifth with an estimated 8.1 million dollars in its fifth weekend for a North American total of 164.42 million dollars.
Directed by Bryan Singer and starring Rami Malek, the film is a foot-stomping celebration of the British rock band Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, tracing the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound.