The Girl in the Spider's Web fails to catch on.
Illumination and Universal scored a massive hit with its new vision of the classic Dr. Seuss holiday tale as The Grinch (#1) opened to over $66 million. Benedict Cumberbatch voiced the titular mean, green anti-Christmas character. The film is the first major family film of the holiday season and should steady itself until Ralph Breaks the Internet opens.
Having the opposite effect on moviegoers, Overlord (#3) and The Girl win the Spider's Web (#5) failed to break out. The former finished the weekend with $10 million. The latter disappointed with just an $8 million opening.
As seen with the hurricanes in the southeast, the fires on the west coast no doubt played a part in the weekend's lower numbers; the box office was down about 7% based on last year's numbers for the same weekend.
Last weekend's number one film, Bohemian Rhapsody (#2), did enough good business to take the second place spot. The film brought in an additional $30.9 million, for a total of just over $100 million, domestically, so far.
In limited release, Sony' The Front Runner (#29) failed to turn heads. With its political themes, Sony thought it'd open it on Election Day, hoping to earn awards season buzz and topical interests. Instead, the film sits as just $76,000 since its opening on Tuesday.
And, Amazon Studios' Beautiful Boy (#13) expanded, allowing it to earn $1.4 million.
Netflix held its first exclusive theatrical run for a film with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a film from the Coen brothers that's expected to be a player in the awards season. Audiences in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London were able to catch the film on the big screen this weekend before it releases on Netflix next weekend. Similar to its streaming numbers, Netflix isn't reporting the box office results for the film.
Leaving the Top Ten this weekend are family film Smallfoot (#11), which definitely lost its audience due to The Grinch's opening, Goosebumps 2 (#16), and Hunter Killer (#17).
Next weekend, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Instant Family, and Widows open wide. At Eternity's Gate will receive a limited release.
(bold signifies a new release)
1. THE GRINCH - $66 million
2. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - $30.85 million
3. OVERLORD - $10.1 million
4. THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS - $9.56 million
5. THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB - $8.01 million
6. A STAR IS BORN - $8 million
7. NOBODY'S FOOL - $6.5 million
8. VENOM - $4.85 million
9. HALLOWEEN - $3.84 million
10. THE HATE U GIVE - $2 million
All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.