‘The Grinch’ Claims the Top of the Box Office, Other New Releases Bomb

There was nothing naughty about The Grinch’s success this weekend, as the new animated film found families flocking to theatres.

Though critics have been less than warm to this Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch, the film still managed to top the box office with an estimated $66 million. This is on the high end of what many pundits were thinking, and demonstrated how the brand is somewhat critic proof, especially as the holiday season is upon us and family fare should be all the rage. It will be interesting to see if the film has legs heading into December, or if other seasonal films will take its place.

As for the rest of the top five, Bohemian Rhapsody fell to second place with $30 million, a drop of only 39.6% week to week. The film just passed the century mark, and will likely top out around $150 million.

The well-received war horror film Overlord debut in third place with $10 million, followed in fourth by The Nutcracker and the Four Realms with $9.8 million. Meanwhile The Girl in the Spider’s Web was totally dead on arrival in fifth place with $8 million. The number is a complete disaster, in fact, and essentially puts the nail in the Lisbeth Salander film series.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – $65 million
2) Bohemian Rhapsody – $29 million
3) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – $11 million
4) The Girl in the Spider’s Web – $9 million
5) Overlord – $8 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – $66 million
2) Bohemian Rhapsody – $30 million
3) Overlord – $10 million
4) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – $9.8 million
5) The Girl in the Spider’s Web – $8 million

Next weekend sees the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald and Instant Family. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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