In holdover news for the weekend that isn’t Aquaman, The Grinch has earned $2.9 million in two days of release in China, which isn’t exactly the second coming of Coco. The IP/character isn’t necessarily beloved in China, and Universal and Illumination knew what they were dealing with when they decided to make a Christmas movie. As a general rule, Christmas flicks, even big ones, are the rare movies that almost always make more in North America than overseas. And thus far, that’s how it’s playing out.
The Grinch earned another $11.58 million (-23%) in its fifth weekend and $239.3m domestic total. With a $75m budget and a domestic total heading toward around $270m (on par withSing) and a current $372m global cume (already above the $345m global cume for Jim Carrey’s Grinch back in 2000), I’m sure Illumination and friends are all busted up about the soft China numbers.
Assuming Mary Poppins Returns doesn’t go supernova, The Grinch will be the year’s second-biggest non-superhero-movie in North America, behind Universal’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($416m).
Walt Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet earned another $9.6 million (-41%) in its fourth weekend for $154.46m domestic cume. It’s still falling faster than most of its peers, although it’s still closest to Coco (46% in weekend four) which still ended up with $209m.
A likely $216m domestic finish won’t be a catastrophe by any stretch of the imagination, as that’ll mean it will have sold the same number of tickets as Wreck-It Ralph which earned $189m in late 2012. It has earned $285m worldwide thus far.