The two sequels earn $3.8 million and $3.7 million in Tuesday evening showings, respectively; ‘Robin Hood’ misses the bull’s-eye with $800,000.
Ralph Breaks the Internet and Creed IIdelivered a one-two punch as they began their box office runs Tuesday night in advance of the lucrative Thanksgiving corridor.
Walt Disney Animation’s sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet grossed $3.8 million, while Creed II followed with $3.7 million. Both are the best preview showings ever for Thanksgiving week.
Prerelease tracking shows Ralph Breaks the Internet earning $67 million to $75 million during the Wednesday to Sunday corridor, one of the best moviegoing stretches of the year for family fare. In terms of its preview gross, it beat fellow Disney animated Thanksgiving offerings Coco ($2.3 million) and Moana ($2.6 million).
The critically acclaimed follow-up to the 2012 animated pic Wreck-It Ralph sees John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman returning to lead the voice cast, while newcomers include Gal Gadot and Taraji P. Henson.
Creed II‘s preview number came in well ahead of the first Creed, which itself impressed with $1.5 million in previews the Tuesday before Thanksgiving in 2015. The sequel sees the return of stars Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Sylvester Stallone, and is tracking for a Wednesday to Sunday debut of $44 million to $55 million.
Both films, along with Hollywood’s latest Robin Hood rendition, are opening everywhere Wednesday in order to get a jump on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Robin Hood, from Lionsgate’s Summit label, isn’t looking so dashing. It earned $800,000 in Tuesday previews for a projected five-day debut of $13 million to $15 million, if that. The movie, directed by Otto Bathurst and starring Taron Egerton in the titular role, has been panned by critics. Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson and Jamie Dornan also star in the film, which was originally set to open in March of this year.
On Monday, paid promotional screenings brought in an additional $400,000, according to Lionsgate.
Holdover Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which hit theaters last weekend, should stay high on the chart in its second outing.