Box Office: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ and ‘Creed II’ Score Huge Turkey Day Hauls

     November 23, 2018

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The Thanksgiving box office is being dominated by Disney’s sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet. Indeed, the animated follow-up pulled in a gargantuan $10.3 million for Thanksgiving Day and is in line to gross a whopping $90 million to $94 million for the Wednesday through Sunday frame. If it hits $94 million, it’ll beat Frozen’s five-day Thanksgiving weekend box office record of $93.6 million.

Disney is no stranger to dominating Thanksgiving. Last year, Disney/Pixar’s Coco pulled in $72.9 million, while the year before saw Moana top out at $82.1 million. Ultimately those two films ended up with very different worldwide grosses—Coco finished with $807 million while Moana closed up shop with a total of $643 million—so it’ll be interesting to see how high Ralph Breaks the Internet soars in the longterm.

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But the Wreck-It Ralph sequel isn’t the only new film out this holiday, as Creed II is also faring quite well. The Michael B.Jordan-fronted boxing drama pulled in $8.9 million on Thanksgiving Day and is looking at a holiday weekend launch of at least $60 million. That would be the best Thanksgiving opening of all-time for a live-action title, topping the $49 million five-day total of Disney’s Enchanted in 2007.

If you haven’t noticed, Thanksgiving is usually dominated by family films, so Creed II doing so well here could kick off a new trend of counterprogramming more adult-oriented (but still family-centric) fare during the holiday. In contrast, Creed launched to $42 million for the five-day frame in 2015 and went on to gross $173.5 million worldwide.

Stay tuned this weekend for revised estimates as moviegoers continue to flock to theaters, and check out a chart of the best Thanksgiving Day opening weekends of all time below.

Rank Movie 5-Day Opening Total
1. Frozen $93,590,387
2. Moana $82,080,274
3. Toy Story 2 $80,102,784
4. Coco $72,908,930
5. Tangled $68,706,298
6. The Good Dinosaur $55,455,687
7. Enchanted $49,060,281
8. Four Christmases $46,054,468
9. Unbreakable $46,010,629
10. A Bug’s Life $45,739,516

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