Ralph Breaks the Internet should lead the box office this Thanksgiving weekend, scoring one of the holiday's best five-day hauls in the process. The film is the long-awaited sequel to 2012's Wreck-it Ralph, which grossed $189.4 million domestically and received widespread critical praise (including an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature). Fans have been demanding for a followup for a while, and are happy to see that Ralph Breaks the Internet is a good sequel packed with Disney nostalgia and a rewarding journey for its characters.
Though The Grinch recently opened as a nice holiday treat for viewers, it's been expected Ralph Breaks the Internet would be the one to beat over Thanksgiving. There are numerous films competing for ticket sales this year (including Creed II and Robin Hood), but the Disney pedigree and marketing machine certainly gives Ralph the edge. The only real question is how high it will go, and it could be an all-timer.
According to Box Office Pro, Ralph Breaks the Internet is projected to earn $70 million domestically over its first five days in theaters. Should that pan out, it would be the fifth-highest extended Thanksgiving weekend in history, nudging out Tangled ($68.7 million). The record, Frozen's $93.5 million, looks to be well out of reach - though there's always the chance Ralph exceeds expectations and makes history. After all, box office predictions are not an exact science.
Dominating the Thanksgiving weekend has become something of a tradition for the Mouse House. The studio owns a whopping nine out of the 10 best Thanksgiving openings ever, with the Warner Bros. vehicle Four Christmases serving as the lone outlier. Considering Disney's target demographic (families), it isn't surprising this is the case. Children are on break from school and parents are off from work, so it's easy to make plans to go to the movies around all of the other holiday responsibilities. Additionally, Ralph received stronger reviews than other family-friendly offerings this season (like Grinch and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), which will likely boost its commercial prospects. Of the titles playing, it's one of the more appealing options.
Elsewhere, Creed II should bring in $49 million over the five-day weekend, an increase from the original's $42.1 million. While that sequel isn't as acclaimed as its predecessor, the consensus is it's still a very good installment in the franchise and makes for a worthy chapter in the Rocky/Creed saga. Robin Hood doesn't look to be as lucky, as it's estimated to bring in just $11.6 million - certainly a byproduct of the largely negative reviews. Holdovers will probably take up the remaining spots in the top five, with Fantastic Beasts, The Grinch, and Instant Family all expected to hold well over the holiday frame.
Source: Box Office Pro
- Ralph Breaks the Internet/Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018) release date: Nov 21, 2018