DF-25953 – L-R: Joe Mazzello (John Deacon), Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor), Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury), and Gwilym Lee (Brian May) star in Twentieth Century Fox’s BOHEMIAN RHAPSODYPhoto Credit: Alex Bailey.
In holdover news for the weekend, it’s mostly about arbitrary milestones. But first the more recent releases…
Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse earned an okay $16.7 million (-52%) for a $64m ten-day cume. The copious competition didn’t help, but it’ll have plenty of time to catch up again after Christmas. The $90m-budgeted toon (which may just win the Best Animated Feature Oscar) has already earned $128m along with $17m in its first two days in China.
Clint Eastwood’s The Mule earned $9.95 million (-43%) for a $35.6m ten-day total as it hopes to use the holiday to position itself as the only choice for adult men who don’t like action fantasies or musicals. The Mortal Engines dropped 77% for a $1.7m second weekend and poor $11.99m ten-day cume. The $100m fantasy has earned $54m worldwide, alas. Oh, and Once Upon A Deadpool earned $775k (-71%) for an irrelevant $5.73m 12-day cume.
Warner Bros. and MGM’s A Star Is Born became their first domestic release of 2018 to cross $200 million. That may sound grim, but they’ve had a hell of a run with comparatively smaller movies (Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean’s 8, Game Night) and bigger movies that did fine in North America while breaking out overseas (The Meg, Ready Player One, Rampage). Either way, a $36m, R-rated, adult-skewing musical/remake/romance doing $200m before the Oscar nominations even got announced is a stunning triumph.
It’s already the biggest (sans inflation) romantic drama without fantasy elements or action/violence. And yeah, it may not crack $400 million worldwide, but that’s the nice thing about only spending $36m on your domestically-targeted R-rated drama.
20th Century Fox is having one hell of a last hurrah, as Bohemian Rhapsody has now earned $184 million domestic and $667m worldwide. It has passed the global gross of Justice League ($659m) and will pass Doctor Strange ($677m) this coming week as it makes a run for $700m. It’s certain to end the year as the third-biggest “not a superhero movie” offering of 2018, behind Mission: Impossible – Fallout ($792m) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($1.3 billion).
But The Grinch crossed $253 million domestic this weekend after a mere 30% drop and $8.18m seventh weekend. The $75m Illumination toon has earned $422m worldwide as it tries to pass Home Alone ($477m in 1990) as the biggest Christmas-centric movie ever. It will end the year as the second-biggest domestic “not a superhero movie” grosser behind Universal’s own Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($416m).
Ralph Breaks the Internet earned $4.6 million (-50%) in weekend five for a new $162m domestic and $307.5m worldwide cume. In other arbitrary milestones, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has now earned $611n worldwide on a $200m budget. This is a decent-enough total, down a reasonable 25% from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’s $814m but 33% below the last film’s $232m domestic cume.
If it wasn’t the second of a five-part franchise, I’d be less concerned about the future. But maybe Fantastic Beasts 3 will be a big improvement and the fans will give it a second chance. Oh, and The Favourite crossed $10 million this weekend, meaning it may be among the only smaller-scale Oscar-season contenders to pass even the $11m domestic cume of The Old Man and the Gun.