THE GRINCH

Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, Phar­rell Wil­liams, Rashida Jones, Ke­nan Thomp­son, An­gela Lans­bury In the­aters Nov. 9 PG

Star (USA) - - Star Entertainm­ent -

IT ain’t easy be­ing green! That’s the case for grumpy Mr. Grinch (Cum­ber­batch), who — yet again! — is on a quest to steal Christ­mas. Nar­rated by “Happy” singer Phar­rell, the third film adap­ta­tion of the Dr. Seuss clas­sic, which fol­lows the 1966 tele­vi­sion spe­cial fea­tur­ing the voice of Boris Karloff and the 2000 live-ac­tion flick star­ring Jim Car­rey, tells the same story of the schem­ing Seuss scoundrel. How­ever, the green guy gets a 3–D up­grade in this ver­sion! And it seems as though the sleek makeover has pro­duc­ers’ hearts grow­ing three sizes — the Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures and Il­lu­mi­na­tion fam­ily pic is ex­pected to steal a ma­jor chunk of change at the box of­fice in its open­ing week­end. The Grinch is re­port­edly headed to­ward a $50 mil­lion open­ing, with hopes to fol­low in the 2000 film’s foot­steps. That year, the Ron Howard-di­rected film took in $55 mil­lion in its first week­end and grossed $260 mil­lion in the U.S., be­com­ing the high­est-gross­ing film of 2000 and the sec­ond-high­est­gross­ing hol­i­day film of all time, af­ter Home Alone. Merry Christ­mas in­deed!

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