Two big sequels helped propel the Thanksgiving box-office to record heights: "Ralph Breaks the Internet" racked up $84.6 million at 4,017 locations over the five-day holiday period and $56 million for the weekend.
It's now the second-best Thanksgiving debut ever, beaten only by Disney's "Frozen," which earned $93.6 million during its first five days.
And "Creed II" knocked out $55 million from 3,350 venues over the five days and $34 million for the weekend. That makes it the the best debut for a live-action film over the Thanksgiving weekend. It also scored higher than the first film, which launched with $29 million in its first weekend in 2015.
All told, Thanksgiving moviegoing set a new record: More than $314 million, breaking the record of $294 million set in 2013.
Audiences gave the new "Robin Hood," starring Taron Egerton in yet another retelling of the legendary bandit's exploits, a hard pass. Savage reviews didn't help the film, which earned only $14.2 million over the five-day period and $9 million for the weekend. Considering that the movie cost nearly $100 million, it looks like distributor Summit is going to take a bath on this one.
Playing in just four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, "The Favourite" earned $420,000. At $105,500 per location, it had the best per-screen average of the year. Yorgos Lanthimos ("The Lobster") directed the period drama, which stars Oscar winners Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone jockeying to be court favorites to Queen Anne (Olivia Colman, who's also the new Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's "The Crown"). It's expected to be a solid awards contender.
Also bowing in limited release: Japanese film "Shoplifters." The movie about a family who resorts to shoplifting to survive won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and is Japan’s selection for best foreign language film for this year's Oscars. It opened in five locations where it made $88,000, for a per-screen average of $17,600.
Here are the top 10 5-day estimates for November 21–25, 2018
1. "Ralph Breaks the Internet," $84,472,000
2. "Creed II," $55,806,000
3. "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," $42,920,000
4. "Dr. Seuss's The Grinch," $42,018,000
5. "Bohemian Rhapsody," $19,375,000
6. "Instant Family," $17,425,000
7. "Robin Hood" (2018), $14,220,000
8. "Widows," $10,575,000
9. "Green Book," $7,400,000
10. "A Star is Born" (2018), $4,080,000