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‘The Grinch’s’ Grin is All Green - Week 2

Bohemian Rhapsody
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
The Girl in the Spider’s Web
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Many questions were aroused when Universal green-lit another variation of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Wasn’t it too soon since the live-action Jim Carrey version? Can you trust the diminishing returns of the Despicable Me team to pull this off? And based on the initial trailer, is this supposed to be funny? Somehow people forgot, it’s called How The Grinch Stole Christmas and it prints its own money, people! Dr. Seuss’ cautionary tale about the commercialization of Christmas makes bank and it always has… Cue the Alanis Morissette song.

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch made a lot of Whos go woo with a $67.6 million debut. That was even larger than the live-action version’s $55.1 million start in 2000 which went on to gross $260 million. If this Grinch even gets close to that, it’ll be the other studio heads turning green with envy.

It feels like every holiday season someone tries to send in a horror movie to offer folks a choice of something different. Each year it seems that folks refuse this choice as if to say “Open around Halloween when you should” or “Wait till January when I’m done with my own horror of family get-togethers and office parties no one wants to be at.” This year Overload tried to be that movie and, well, it got the typical coal in the stocking. Opening with a meek $10.2 million, Overlord won’t be a hard movie to overthrow.

That said, it didn’t bomb a horrific death quite like The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story. Just look at that title for a second and wonder who could ever have said: “Nailed it!” A “new” Dragon Tattoo story to who? The people who read the book a couple years ago? The people who never read it or any of the books and wonder what the heck you’re talking about? Talk about needlessly overcomplicating everything with a title. That’s what a synopsis is for!

Naming issues aside, The Girl in the Spider Web got stuck in its own audience apathy web and opened with a paltry $7.8 million. Maybe they can still rename it for the OnDemand/DVD market as The Girl Who Won’t Be Making Any More Movies: A New-To-You Unless You’ve Already Heard About It Dragon Tattoo Story. Now, a title like that makes everything clear!

Bohemian Rhapsody kept having audiences coming back for an encore with a $31.2 million second weekend. This was just a 39% drop after the large opening weekend, which was a great sign that this film may be stomp stomp clapping for awhile this holiday season. After 10 days, the Queen bio-pic has already grossed $100.4 million and presumably sent Spotify into a Queen-streaming tizzy.

The news was not so good for Disney’s The Nutcracker & The Four Realms. The film fell 50% from its first weekend with a $10.9 million total and has now danced it’s way to only $35 million after 10 days. It looks like the Fifth Realm for this movie will be the discount bin at Walmart.

[FYI, for those new to the pool, a film normally drops about 40% from weekend to weekend. So, when a film drops by less than that (usually due to positive word-of-mouth), it's seen as a good thing and if a film drops by more (usually due to negative word-of-mouth), it's seen as not so good. The caveat for "blockbuster" films is that they tend to frontload and get so many people in the first weekend that they naturally have larger drop-offs. With this is mind, a 50% fall would still be grand, but anything more is often a sign that the film will be showing On Demand sooner than you might think.]

The Top Five If Today Was MLK Day:
#1. Bohemian Rhapsody - $100.4 million
#2. Dr, Seuss’ The Grinch - $67.6 million
#3. The Nutcracker & The Four Realms - $35 million
#4. Nobody’s Fool - $24.4 million
#5. Overlord - $10.2 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 11/15/2018

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Bohemian Rhapsody, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Overlord, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
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