Ralph Continues to Break Stuff, Crazy Rich Asians Flops in China

This weekend at the box office was rather quiet. Since no new major releases occurred, most films from last weekend remained in their same box office slots this weekend in the Top 10 (See last weekend’s results here). One notable exception was Creed II and The Grinch switched places, with The Grinch edging Creed II out of the second place slot. This of course comes as no surprise since this weekend was the first of the month of December so naturally audiences would start to go looking for a holiday-themed movie to fit the season.

The only new release to break the top 10 from last week is the new horror film The Possession of Hannah Grace which managed to take seventh place and knocking A Star is Born out of the top 10. Not that director/star Bradley Cooper is complaining as his directorial debut has brought in $362.4 million globally since the film was released back on October 5th. The fact the film managed to hold that long in the top 10 is impressive anyway. Speaking of musical films, with Bohemian Rhapsody‘s new domestic total of $164.4 million, as of the end of this weekend, the film is now the highest grossing musical biopic of all-time, beating out 2015’s Straight Outta Compton that made $161.1 million back during it’s own theatrical top 10.

Beyond the top 10, a noted story going around is the popular romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians has flopped in China, taking in $1 million. The film has done incredibly well in the US, making $173,907,689. However, the film has only made $64 million internationally with the film faring so poorly that cinemas all over the Middle Kingdom are pulling the film from theaters and replacing it with other, more profitable titles. In fact, in a fit of irony, despite the big draw here is the film’s supposed diverse cast of a primarily Asian cast, Chinese social media has taken much offense to the Western portrayal of Chinese culture and its focus on negative stereotypes. Go figure.

Check out the box office progression of the Top 10 winners below:

Box Office Top 10 - November 30, 2018 - December 2, 2018

Movies3-Day Weekend TotalDomestic TotalInternational TotalGlobal Total
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet$25,756,000$119,294,233$87,700,000 $206,994,233
2. The Grinch (2018)$17,730,000$203,507,195 $64,800,000$268,307,195
3. Creed II$16,832,863$81,169,147$11,400,000$92,569,147
4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald$11,200,000$134,341,406$385,300,000$519,641,406
5. Bohemian Rhapsody$8,100,000$164,423,150$375,141,675 $539,564,825
6. Instant Family$7,150,000$45,927,769$3,500,000$49,427,769
10. The Possession of Hannah Grace$6,500,000$6,500,000$4,100,000 $10,600,000
7. Robin Hood (2018)$4,700,000$21,727,682$26,300,000 $48,027,682
8. Widows$4,400,000$33,060,245$20,053,451 $53,113,696
9. Green Book$3,900,000$14,016,491-$14,016,491