Thanks­giv­ing week­end at the box of­fice was the big­gest in his­tory

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There are some in­ter­est­ing things hap­pen­ing at the box of­fice right now.

Last week­end, Ralph did more than break the in­ter­net, he broke the box of­fice, too. “Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net” opened over the five-day Thanks­giv­ing week­end with $84.5 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally, the se­cond big­gest five-day Thanks­giv­ing gross of all time.

“Creed II,” the lat­est film in the “Rocky” fran­chise and the fol­low-up to 2015’s “Creed,” also flexed its mus­cles to open with $55.8 mil­lion, the largest hol­i­day open­ing ever for a live-ac­tion film. Star­ring Michael B. Jor­dan, Sylvester Stal­lone and Tessa Thomp­son, the film pits Ado­nis Creed against Vik­tor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago from “Rocky IV,” who killed Ado­nis’ fa­ther, Apollo, in the box­ing ring. We can prob­a­bly ex­pect more “Creed” films in the se­ries now with this kind of suc­cess.

Over­all, it was the big­gest Thanks­giv­ing movie week­end in his­tory, with BoxOf­ re­port­ing that the top 12 films made more than $206 mil­lion com­bined.

But while there were some tri­umphs there were also some duds.

The newest in­car­na­tion of “Robin Hood,” star­ring Taron Eger­ton and Jamie Foxx, turned out to not be so merry. It’s ac­tu­ally 2018’s big­gest bomb yet, mak­ing only $14 mil­lion over the five-day pe­riod with a bud­get of about $100 mil­lion. Ouch! Poor re­views cer­tainly didn’t help (the film’s Rot­ten Toma­toes score is a pal­try 17 per­cent out of 100).

The feel-good road trip movie “Green Book,” also opened wide over Thanks­giv­ing week­end, and it looked like it was go­ing to be a rous­ing crowd pleaser, with strong early re­views, an au­di­ence award from the pres­ti­gious Toronto Film Fes­ti­val and heavy awards buzz.

The film, star­ring Viggo Mortensen as a bouncer hired to be the driver of an African-Amer­i­can clas­si­cal pi­anist (Ma­her­shala Ali) on a tour of venues through the 1960s Amer­i­can South, failed to make a con­nec­tion, though, only mak­ing about $7.3 mil­lion over the five-day pe­riod. That’s a pretty luke­warm re­cep­tion given its buzz, but things aren’t over yet for the film, and pro­jected awards nom­i­na­tions may help its vis­i­bil­ity.

The next re­ally big high­pro­file open­ing will be

“Aqua­man” on Dec. 21. To say that Warner Bros. and DC Comics have a lot rid­ing on this would be like say­ing At­lantis is just a tiny sea town. Ja­son Mo­moa stars as the fish king, who fi­nally gets his own movie after first pop­ping up (briefly) in the dour “Bat­man v. Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice.”

With a bud­get of about $160 mil­lion (not in­clud­ing mar­ket­ing), the film will have to be a gar­gan­tuan hit to make any money.

But all that aside, fan an­tic­i­pa­tion is high, and very early word is ac­tu­ally re­ally pos­i­tive.

News per­son­al­ity Jenna Bush tweeted that “#Aqua­man was an ab­so­lute blast, from the charm of Mo­moa’s Arthur Curry, to the spec­tac­u­lar vi­su­als to the fun that it was clear that ev­ery­one was hav­ing. It was ex­actly what I was hop­ing for and I can’t wait to see it again!”

Fan site IGN’s Tom Jor­gensen tweeted that “Aqua­man” “is the best DC movie since The Dark Knight. @creep­y­pup­pet de­liv­ers a swash­buck­ling epic full of big emo­tion, gor­geous un­der­sea vi­su­als, ex­cit­ing ac­tion, and lots of laughs.”

Erik Davis, the man­ag­ing ed­i­tor of Fan­dango, tweeted that the film “is the most am­bi­tious DC movie to date — a big, sprawl­ing vis­ual spec­ta­cle that is gor­geous, crazy, stuffed with ter­rific ac­tion, and a lot of fun to watch. James Wan, in my opin­ion, is the true star - he el­e­vates the ma­te­rial, makes it en­ter­tain­ing and con­quers it.”

Ac­tual critic re­views of “Aqua­man” are em­bar­goed un­til Dec. 11. But it’s good to hear some early praise.


Ralph and Vanel­lope’s friend­ship is chal­lenged in “Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net.”


Ja­son Mo­moa stars as “Aqua­man,” out on Dec. 21.

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