Christmas came in mid-November for Universal with their animated reboot of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch taking $66 million and first place in its domestic debut. Benedict Cumberbatch lent his uncannily perfect American accent to the film’s title character, breaking new ground for English actors in American roles. The role of Cindy Lou Who is voiced by Cameron Seely, while Rashida Jones plays her widowed single mother Donna Lou Who. This year’s iteration of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale is aimed at younger audiences than the year 2000’s live-action film How The Grinch Who Stole Christmas! with Jim Carrey as a creepier, more unsettling version of the title character. Grinch 2018 opened about 30% lower than its early predecessor, and with no China release scheduled will have a hard time outgrossing its older sibling in its global run.
However, the comparison turns out between those two films, The Grinch did manage to ruin the party for this weekend’s other major North American releases. World War 2 zombie flick Overlord had a tough time in Veteran’s day weekend, opening with just $10.1 million. Daniel Jovan, Wyatt Russell, and John Magaro star as a squad of paratroopers who crash land in a Nazi laboratory that is on the verge of mass-producing flesh-eating SS zombies for Hitler’s army. This J.J. Abrams-produced genre mash-up landed with $9.2 million in 52 foreign territories, the biggest of which was Russia at $1.4 million. Global sales now total $19.3 million, just over half of its reported $38 million production budget. With a plot seemingly tailor-made for casual late night viewing on SVOD platforms, this film looks likely to turn into a modest success for Paramount Pictures.
Going down the list, the next new entrant to the domestic market lost even more of its goodies to the current green skinned box office champ. The Girl in the Spiderweb, a $48 million series reboot attempt from Sony, took just $8 million in the US and $14.25 million worldwide in its 50-territory debut. Claire Foy stars as Lisbeth Salander, the anarchist hacker protagonist of the hit Swedish Millennium series of novels and films, whose last appearance in a US production was 2011’s David Fincher directed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Spider’s Web picks up several years and two novels worth of adventures after the events in Dragon Tattoo, and actually was adapted from a book that was written 11 years after the series’ creator, Stieg Larsson, a left-leaning investigative journalist, died of a heart attack at the age of 50 in 2014. Uruguayan horror specialist Fede Alvarez directs this film adapted from a novel of the same name by David Lagercrantz, whose previous best-known work is the biography of soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
In holdover news Venom had a massive $111 debut in China, breaking expectations in the country’s recently slowed down box office climate and jumped to $675.5 worldwide. Bohemian Rhapsody meanwhile added another $95 million global and has a cume of $285 million after two weeks in theaters. Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms meanwhile has yet to clear the century mark after two sessions in domestic and foreign release. It added $13.5 million for a worldwide cume of $96.6 million.
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