Weekend box office: 'Ralph' holds off 'The Grinch' to retain weekends high score

    Ralph Breaks the Internet (Photo: Disney)

    Weekend box office: December 7 - 9, 2018

    (KUTV) There were no real surprises this weekend at the box office. For the third week in a row, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” found itself atop the charts with a weekend total just above $16 million. The animated sequel from Disney has now earned $140 million stateside and has a worldwide total of $258 million.

    The Grinch” performed a little better than expected and proved a worthy challenger to ‘Ralph,’ as the animated remake of the classic Dr, Seuss short story made an additional $15 million. After five weeks, the film has a domestic total of $223 million. I’m a little surprised that the film hasn’t been nearly as popular abroad. Its worldwide total of $322 million still looks pretty good when you consider the film was made for $75 million.

    The Rocky franchise continues to be a money maker as “Creed II” added $10 million this weekend and has earned $96 million domestically. Internationally the film as done $23 million for a worldwide total of $119.6 million. “Creed” finished its run with a worldwide total of $173 million.

    Over the past three days “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” brought in $6.8 million for a domestic total of $145 million. That’s well below the $234 million that “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” finished. However, international numbers are still strong lifting the worldwide number to $544.5 million after four weeks of release. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” finished with a worldwide total of $814 million. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” isn’t likely to reach $700 million. The film, despite its $200-million production budget, will make a profit, but the franchise is trending in the wrong direction.

    Bohemian Rhapsody” wraps up our top five with $6 million. The $50-million film has earned $173 million domestically and $557 million worldwide. No matter how you do the math, that’s a mighty impressive total.

    Next week things should be a little more exciting as “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Mortal Engines” and “The Mule” sling into theaters.

    It's also interesting to note that "Aquaman" opened in China this weekend and earned an estimated $93.6 million. It doesn't arrive in domestic theaters until December 21, 2018.

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