Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” breaks Thanksgiving weekend box office records

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Disney’s blockbuster “Ralph Breaks the Internet” topped the highest grossing Thanksgiving weekend box office ever in North America with an estimated 84.47 million U.S. dollars.

It’s the first time that the five-day Thanksgiving box office totals cross the 300-million-dollar mark in North America, coming in at an estimated 314 million dollars.

According to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore, “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which cost 175 million dollars to produce, took in an estimated 55.67 million dollars for 3-day weekend from Friday to Sunday and the 84.47 million dollars in the five days since its debut on Wednesday.

It’s the second largest Thanksgiving five-day opening of all-time in North America only behind another Disney film “Frozen,” which earned more than 93 million dollars in its debut in 2013.

The animated comedy film took in 41.5 million dollars internationally in 18 markets in release this weekend for a global total of 126 million dollars through Sunday.

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“Ralph Breaks the Internet” is the sequel to the 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph.” Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, the film features the voice talents of John C. Reilly as Ralph and Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz.

The plot follows video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz who navigate the vast and dynamic world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush.

The film received positive reviews from moviegoers and critics with a “A-” on CinemaScore and a 86 percent certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Another newcomer, MGM’s sports drama film “Creed II” came in second with an estimated 35.29 million dollars for three-day weekend and an estimated 55.8 million since its debut on Wednesday. It’s the follow up to the 2015’s “Creed.”

Directed by Steven Caple Jr., the film stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson among others. The plot follows a U.S. light heavyweight contender Adonis Creed who faces off against a powerful adversary, Viktor Drago, son of Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Ivan killed Adonis’ father Apollo Creed in a tragic match many years before.

Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s holiday tale “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” moved to third place with an estimated 30.21 million dollars in its third weekend. The film has earned 180.44 million dollars in North America through Sunday.

Based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss book with the title “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the animated remake is the third screen adaptation of the story.

Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, the film features the voice of English actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch. The plot follows the Grinch as he plans to ruin Christmas holiday in Whoville by stealing all the town’s decorations and gifts.

Warner Bros.’ fantasy film “Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald” landed in fourth place with an estimated 29.65 million dollars in its second weekend for a North American total of 117.11 million dollars through Sunday.

Penned by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates, the films of the “Harry Potter” universe is the sequel to 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The plot follows Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore as they attempt to take down the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, while facing new threats in a more divided wizarding world.

Twentieth Century Fox’s biographical film “Bohemian Rhapsody” finished fifth with an estimated 13.85 million dollars in its fourth weekend for a North American total of 152.01 million dollars.

Directed by Bryan Singer and starring Rami Malek, the film is a foot-stomping celebration of the British rock band Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, tracing the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound.

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