On an otherwise quiet movie weekend, ‘Ralph’ wrecks it again

The animated sequel to ‘Wreck It Ralph’ has again topped North American box offices, taking in an estimated US$16.1 million (RM67 million). (AFP Relaxnews pic)

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” has again topped North American box offices, taking in an estimated US$16.1 million (RM67 million) for the weekend to narrowly edge out another family-oriented animation, Universal’s “The Grinch,” industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said Sunday.

On a last quiet weekend before the coming crush of holiday films, the order of the top five films on this three-day weekend was, remarkably, exactly the same as last weekend.

“Ralph,” a family-friendly sequel to 2012’s “Wreck It Ralph” with the title character voiced by John C Reilly, came in just ahead of “Grinch,” which sold US$15.7 million in tickets. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the grouchy Seuss-inspired title character in that film.

In third spot again was MGM’s boxing drama “Creed II,” at US$10.3 million. This latest in the long-running “Rocky” series stars Michael B Jordan as Adonis Creed as he – coached by the aging Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) – takes on the son of the boxer who killed his father.

Fourth place went to “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” from Warner Bros, with a take of US$6.8 million. The Harry Potter prequel stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law and Johnny Depp.

And in fifth was Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” at US$6 million. Rami Malek has drawn rave reviews for his portrayal of rock group Queen’s talented singer Freddie Mercury.

The coming weeks will see the release of some expected blockbusters, including “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The Mule,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Aquaman,” which scored a huge US$93.6 million over the weekend in China.