The Grinch Earns Biggest Christmas Movie Opening, Venom Shatters China Box Office Record

Christmas apparently has come VERY early for some. In no way was I expecting The Grinch to do bad at the box office, but I wasn’t expecting it to take the record for the biggest opening weekend for a Christmas movie, earning $66 million during its first three days in the U.S. With this it topped, you guessed it, Ron Howard’s 2001 live-action take on the same story How the Grinch Stole Christmas which made $55 million back in it’s day. Seeing as how that film went on to make over $345 million globally I’d say good start. While The Grinch did well, the other two new releases of the weekend, the horror-war film Overlord and the newest Lisbeth Salander adaptation The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story (Still cannot believe it was given that title) were pretty quiet.

However, Overlord managed to finish in third with $10.1 million while The Girl in the Spider’s Web managed $8 million. While Overlord stands a good chance at making back at it’s $38 million budget (With minimal marketing), the $43 million budget The Girl in the Spider’s Web might have a harder time given the amount of promotion that went into trying to promote this newest take on the popular Millennium book series. And given the lukewarm reviews of the film (Currently holds a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes), it’s going to be a challenge. Check out the weekend totals below:

Top Movies of the Weekend Weekend Haul
1. The Grinch (2018) $66,000,000
2. Bohemian Rhapsody $30,850,000
3. Overlord $10,100,000
4. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms $9,565,000
5. The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story $8,015,000
6. A Star is Born (2018) $8,010,000
7. Nobody’s Fool $6,540,000
8. Venom (2018) $4,850,000
9. Halloween (2018) $3,840,000
10. The Hate U Give $2,070,000

Films continuing to do well include Bohemian Rhapsody which brought in $30.8 million and now has brought it’s domestic total to $100 million, giving the film an impressive $285.2 million at this time globally. A Star is Born now has passed the $300 million after this weekend, currently standing at $322.8 million globally. The real shocker though is Venom which, while continuing to hold in the top 10 here in the states, has managed to break a record in China, making over $111 million this weekend! This has shot it’s box office total up to $673.5 million globally, far exceeding any expectations that were had for the film. Check out the total tally of the top 10 films below:

Top Movies

Domestic Total International Total

Global Total

1. The Grinch $66,000,000 $12,700,000 $78,700,000
2. Bohemian Rhapsody $100,010,548 $185,262,602 $285,273,150
3. Overlord $10,100,000 $9,200,000 $19,300,000
4. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms $35,256,534 $61,400,000 $96,656,534
5. The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story $8,015,000 $8,300,000 $16,315,000
6. A Star is Born (2018) $178,020,388 $144,800,000 $322,820,388
7. Nobody’s Fool $24,276,108 $265,000 $24,541,108
8. Venom (2018) $206,233,603 $467,300,000 $673,533,603
9. Halloween (2018) $156,810,845 $88,700,000 $245,510,845
10. The Hate U Give $26,705,883 $2,124,147 $28,830,030

That concludes the box office results for the weekend. Stay tuned!