BOX OFFICE: “Grinch” may break the “Ralph” stranglehold at the top on a slow moviegoing weekend

grinchA few Awards contenders take bigger tentative steps into the box office wars on this ffrst weekend in Dec., traditionally a slow weekend dominated by the Big Thanksgiving hits.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” has dominated the past few weekends, but has been falling off in the steep manner that verifies what some of us who have reviewed it said — not that kid-friendly, not as fun as “Wreck it Ralph.” 

Universal’s “The Grinch” has done a much better job of bringing in repeat customers and the word of mouth (it’s not that good, either, I thought) seems better. So it may pass “Ralph” when all is tallied by midnight Sunday. 

Both should come in around $15-16 million for the weekend, which is more good news for “Grinch” which has been making holiday hit money for a month, now. Somewhere around $225 million in the US, with “Ralph” fading as it clears the $140 million mark. is calling it for “Ralph,” but let’s wait until tomorrow to figure that out.

“Schindler’s List” is back on screens, celebrating a great “movie we never need to see again” on the anniversary of its release. Over 1000 screens and it won’t crack the top ten or the $750,000 mark.

“A Star is Born” is winding down, also out of the top ten, while “Bohemian Rhapsody” hangs tough in the top five for another week.

“Mary Queen of Scots,” IGNORED by the Golden Globalists, and “Vox Lux” are underwhelming in limited release.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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