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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This past weekend saw the wide release of The Grinch, Overlord, and The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

At no. 1, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch from Illumination Entertainment started off with a bang of $66 million, proving once and for all that Illumination can basically do no wrong at the box office. Sure, it’s opening may not have reached Minions or The Secret Life of Pets levels, but given its $75 million budget and the impending holidays, it’s more than on its way to standing alongside its peers, likely poising itself to near $700 million at the worldwide box office. And despite the coals the film has been raked over critically, its A- CinemaScore proves that it’s pretty much doing what most audiences want to see, which is a good thing.

In second place, Bohemian Rhapsody continues its solid performance with $30.9 million in its second weekend, only dropping 39.6% from its opening weekend. Clearly, this film is resonating with fans and spreading via good word of mouth, and with its worldwide cume nearing $300 million, it’s more than made up for its $52 million budget, along with other costs, like advertising.

In third place is J.J. Abrams’ Overlord, a violent, pulpy zombie flick that scratched its way into theaters with a paltry $10.1 million. It isn’t the worst performance in the world, but it’s pretty far from reaching its $38 million budget, and when taking advertising into account, it’ll certainly have a tough time making back its costs. Luckily, there are still overseas markets that could help compensate, but given its violent nature, it’s hard to tell whether or not it’ll ultimately make a huge difference. It also got a B CinemaScore, meaning that a lot of those who came out to see it didn’t quite get what they were hoping for. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either.

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Sony’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web came in at no. 5 with a disappointing $8 million. This was in line with studio predictions going into the weekend, but given that this was supposed to be the grand reboot of a long-dormant franchise — and that it featured a familiar character — this isn’t very good. This is already $4 million short of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo back in 2011, and that was considered a financial failure for Sony, though in all fairness, the budget on that film was over twice as much as the budget on this one. Audiences gave this one a B CinemaScore, meaning they weren’t too ecstatic about what they had to see, and with it sitting at 44% on Rotten Tomatoes, its critical reception wasn’t too hot either. In my opinion, this franchise will likely be getting the ax yet again.

Lastly, Venom hit $111 million in China in its opening weekend, its worldwide cume nearing $700 million at the worldwide box office. It’ll undoubtedly reach that milestone this coming weekend, and if things continue down this route, it could potentially hit $800 million, if not, $750 million.

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, November 11, are below:

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – Universal – $66.0M
Bohemian Rhapsody – 20th Century Fox – $30.9M
Overlord – Paramount – $10.1M
Nutcracker and the Four Realms, The – Disney – $9.6M
Girl in the Spider’s Web, The – Sony – $8.0M
Star is Born, A – Warner Bros. – $8.0M
Nobody’s Fool – Paramount – $6.5M
Venom – Sony – $4.9M
Halloween – Universal – $3.8M
Hate U Give – 20th Century Fox – $2.1M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, November 11, are below:

Venom – Sony – $123.0M
Bohemian Rhapsody – 20th Century Fox – $93.8M
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – Universal – $78.7M
Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Disney – $23.1M
Overlord – Paramount – $19.3M
Star is Born, A – Warner Bros. – $17.0M
Girl in the Spider’s Web – Sony – $14.2M
Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer – Multiple – $12.5M
Halloween – Universal – $9.7M
Intimate Strangers (2018) – Multiple – $9.2M

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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.