AceShowbiz - "Ralph Breaks the Internet" and "Creed II" led the way for a record Thanksgiving box office. The two movies took the top two spots on the North American chart on their debut weekend, fueling record industry-wide grosses for the long weekend.
The "Wreck-It Ralph" sequel earned an estimated $55.7 million over the 3-day weekend and $84.5 million over the 5-day holiday weekend, making it the second-biggest Thanksgiving 5-day record opener after "Frozen (2013)" which brought in $93.6 million. The 3-day weekend revenue also beat the opening of the first film, which topped box office with $49 million on its first weekend.
The performance of "Ralph Breaks the Internet" affirms Disney's domination on Thanksgiving as the studio holds the top-five all-time openings on the holiday. "We're very thankful for this weekend," says Cathleen Taff, who oversees Disney's theatrical distribution. "It was a fantastic start and a great way to kick off the holiday season."
Also enjoying a feast on the holiday, "Creed II" nabbed the second spot at the domestic box office with an estimated $35.3 million from the weekend and $55.8 million since Wednesday. It surpassed the first movie, which grossed $30.1 million over the 3-day weekend and $42.6 million over the 5-day Thanksgiving weekend in 2015.
The individual feats of "Ralph Breaks the Internet" and "Creed II" boosted the industry for the highest grossing Thanksgiving box office weekend on record. The two movies helped the five-day Thanksgiving box office totals cross the $300 million mark for the first time ever.
The animated "The Grinch" settled on the third place with a solid $30.2 million, or dropping just 21.7% from last week as everyone is already in the holiday spirits. "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" plunged from the peak to No. 4 with approximately $29.6 million on its second weekend, while "Bohemian Rhapsody" rounded out the top five with additional $13.8 million on its fourth weekend.
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