"Ralph Breaks the Internet" narrowly edged out "The Grinch" to top the box office for a third time. It earned $16.2 million this weekend, generating $140 million since it opened over Thanksgiving.
"Dr. Seuss's The Grinch" stole $15.2 million in its fifth outing. The animated film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch, has now made $223.5 million in North America and $322.4 million globally.
There were no new wide releases, but a number of awards hopefuls debuted in limited release.
"Mary Queen of Scots" brought in $200,000 from four theaters. That's the best screen average of the weekend with $50,000 per location. Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, who were both nominated for Best Actress at the 2018 Oscars, star as political rivals Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I, respectively. It expands to 70 theaters next weekend.
The addiction drama "Ben is Back" also opened on four screens for $80,972 total and a average of $20,243 per location. Lucas Hedges stars as struggling addict Ben, who unexpectedly returns to his mother (Julia Roberts)'s home on Christmas Eve. Hedges' father, Peter Hedges, directed the movie. Hedges is nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in another awards contender, "Boy Erased."
Also new: "Vox Lux," which stars Natalie Portman as a pop star who survived a school shooting as a teenager. It earned $162,252 for a theater average of $27,042. It's the second feature film directed by actor Brady Corbet. It's got a so-so 66% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The arthouse period film "The Favourite" expanded to 91 locations, earning $1.4 million. It stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as courtiers vying for the affection of Queen Anne ( Olivia Colman). In its opening weekend, it scored the best screen average ($105,500) in two years and has since made $3.5 million.
All three actresses are nominated for a Globe (Stone and Weisz as supporting and Colman as lead actress) and the movie is nominated for "Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy."
The re-release of "Schindler's List" made just $551,000 from more than 1000 venues. Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning Holocaust drama will run for a one-week engagement to mark the film's 25th anniversary. It earned $320 million in 1993 and won seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
The domestic box office is tracking to hit $11 billion in revenue this year, which is 9.9% ahead of this time last year, according to Comscore.
Here are the top 10 estimates for December 7 - 9, 2018
1. "Ralph Breaks the Internet," $16,141,000
2. "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch" (2018), $15,175,000
3. "Creed II," $10,322,515
4. "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," $6,805,000
5. "Bohemian Rhapsody," $6,000,000
6. "Instant Family," $5,600,000
7. "Green Book," $3,935,000
8. "Robin Hood" (2018), $3,585,000
9. "The Possession of Hannah Grace," $3,175,000
10. "Widows," $3,100,000