‘Ralph’ re­peats as No. 1, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ flops in China

The Myanmar Times - - Metro -

ON a typ­i­cally sleepy post-Thanks­giv­ing week­end in movie the­aters, left­overs led the box of­fice and Dis­ney’s Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net re­peated as No. 1 with US$25.8 mil­lion in ticket sales, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sun­day.

The Wreck-It Ralph se­quel dropped steeply (54 per­cent) af­ter nearly set­ting a Thanks­giv­ing record last week­end. But with only one new film in wide re­lease, noth­ing came close to Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net, which sends John C. Reilly and Sarah Sil­ver­man’s video-game char­ac­ters into cy­berspace. In 11 days of re­lease, the US$175 mil­lion film has cleared US$207 mil­lion world­wide.

Still go­ing strong in its fourth week of re­lease, Uni­ver­sal’s The Grinch came in sec­ond with US$17.7 mil­lion in ticket sales. The Grinch, the Il­lu­mi­na­tion an­i­mated pro­duc­tion with Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch as the Christ­mas cur­mud­geon, sur­passed US$200 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally and edged in front of last week’s No. 2 film, the Rocky se­quel Creed II.

Like Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net, MGM’s boxing drama also slid siz­ably af­ter a big hol­i­day open­ing, de­clin­ing 53 per­cent. Creed II, with Michael B. Jor­dan as Ado­nis Creed, took in US$16.8 mil­lion in its sec­ond week­end. It has thus far grossed US$81.2 mil­lion on a US$50 mil­lion bud­get.

The week’s lone new wide re­lease, the Sony Screen Gems hor­ror film The Pos­ses­sion of Han­nah Grace, opened modestly with US$6.5 mil­lion. Orion Pic­ture’s Anna and the Apoca­lypse, a well-re­viewed indie mashup – your stan­dard zom­bie-com­edy-mu­si­cal – de­buted in five the­aters, with about US$50,000 in ticket sales.

Crazy Rich Asians, Warner Bros’ break­out sum­mer hit, was a dud in China. Warner Bros said the ac­claimed ro­man­tic com­edy, which earned US$173 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally, de­buted in China with just US$1.2 mil­lion. John M. Chu’s Sin­ga­pore-set film, which opened Au­gust 14 in the US took months to se­cure a re­lease date in China, a de­lay some have at­trib­uted to the film’s de­pic­tion of wealthy Chi­nese Sin­ga­pore­ans.

Crazy Rich Asians was a hit at the Sin­ga­pore box of­fice, but, like most come­dies, it hasn’t been as much a sen­sa­tion abroad as it was in the US; it’s earned US$64 mil­lion overseas. The film’s per­for­mance in China, though, is po­ten­tially wor­ri­some for Warner Bros. Its planned se­quel, China Rich Girl­friend, aims to bet­ter cap­i­talise on the world’s sec­ond largest film mar­ket.

One film that didn’t dip much on the week­end was Uni­ver­sal’s Green Book, which grossed US$3.9 mil­lion on 1,065 screens, drop­ping 29 per­cent. The up­lift­ing 1962 road trip drama, star­ring Ma­her­shala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, has strug­gled to match Os­car buzz with box of­fice. But last week, Green Book was named best film of the year by the Na­tional Board of Re­view, and Uni­ver­sal is hop­ing it holds strongly in the com­ing weeks.

Free Solo be­came the year’s fourth doc­u­men­tary to cross US$10 mil­lion. El­iz­a­beth Chai Vasarhe­lyi and Jimmy Chin’s doc­u­men­tary about Alex Hon­nold’s ro­pe­less as­cent of Yosemite Na­tional Park’s El Cap­i­tan rock face, has joined the most lu­cra­tive batch of doc­u­men­taries ever re­leased in a year: Three Iden­ti­cal Strangers, RBG and Won’t You Be My Neigh­bor? – AP

Es­ti­mated ticket sales for Fri­day through Sun­day at U.S. and Cana­dian the­aters, ac­cord­ing to Coms­core. Where avail­able, the lat­est in­ter­na­tional num­bers for Fri­day through Sun­day are also in­cluded.

1. Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net, US$25.8 mil­lion (US$33.7 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional)

2. The Grinch, US$17.7 mil­lion (US$27.1 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional)

3. Creed II, US$16.8 mil­lion (US$10 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional)

4. Fan­tas­tic Beasts: Crimes of Grindel­wald, US$11.2 mil­lion (US$40.2 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional)

5. Bo­hemian Rhap­sody, US$8.1 mil­lion (US$37 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional)

6. In­stant Fam­ily, US$7.2 mil­lion (US$3.4 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional)

7. Pos­ses­sion of Han­nah Grace, US$6.5 mil­lion (US$4.1 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional)

8. Robin Hood, US$4.7 mil­lion (US$15.1 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional)

9. Wi­d­ows, US$4.4 mil­lion. (US$5.5 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional)

10. Green Book, US$3.9 mil­lion.

Es­ti­mated ticket sales for Fri­day through Sun­day at in­ter­na­tional the­aters (ex­clud­ing the U.S. and Canada), ac­cord­ing to Coms­core:

1. Fan­tas­tic Beasts: Crimes of Grindel­wald, US$40.2 mil­lion

2. Bo­hemian Rhap­sody, US$37 mil­lion

3. Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net, US$33.7 mil­lion

4. The Grinch, US$27.1 mil­lion

5. A Cool Fish, US$25.5 mil­lion

6. Robin Hood, US$15.1 mil­lion

7. Venom, US$13 mil­lion

8. Creed II, US$10 mil­lion

9. De­fault, US$9.5 mil­lion

10. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms, US$6.1 mil­lion

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