'Ralph Breaks the Internet' Reigns for Third Week at Sleepy Pre-Holiday Box Office
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The 'Wreck-It Ralph' sequel narrowly beats 'The Grinch' at domestic box office, as 'Aquaman' makes a big wave in China.

AceShowbiz - "Ralph Breaks the Internet" still maintained its crown on another quiet weekend at box office. The Disney animated movie added an estimated $16.1 million to its domestic gross for a current total of $140.8 million, bringing its worldwide revenue to $258.1 million so far.

The long-awaited sequel to 2012's "Wreck-It Ralph" narrowly beat "The Grinch", which also stayed on its position at No. 2 with additional $15.2 million in its fifth week, dropping only 15.4% from last week. The Christmas-themed movie has brought in a total of $322.4 million from North American and international markets against its estimated $75 million budget.

The rest of the top six are non-movers, with "Creed II" placing third by adding an estimated $10.3 million to its domestic gross. "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is still at No. 4 with approximately $6.8 million, and "Bohemian Rhapsody" rounds out the top five with approximately $6 million.

Meanwhile, "A Star Is Born" and "The Favourite" saw a significant surge in ticket sales, thanks in part to their Golden Globe nominations. The drama musical rose one slot to No. 11 with an estimated $2.5 million (+38.3%) and the biographical drama climbed up from No. 14 to No. 12 with approximately $1.4 million (+33.4%).

The box office saw little competition as there's no new wide release this weekend. Some of the new limited releases are "Mary Queen of Scots" starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, which debuted at No. 23 with an estimated $200,000, and "Vox Lux", which entered the chart at No. 25 with approximately $162,252 opening gross. The latter has garnered early Oscar buzz for Natalie Portman's performance as a troubled pop star.

Leading up to the Christmas holiday, "Aquaman" is expected to make a huge splash at North American box office after it debuted to an impressive $93.6 million in China. "Adding to the success of 'Wonder Woman,' this is a really solid performance and portends big numbers for North America in two weeks when it opens," says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore.

Dergarabedian adds, "That gives the film a lot of positive momentum. This is a movie, along with 'Mary Poppins Returns' and 'Bumblebee' and other movies, that's going to give December that boost that a 'Star Wars' movie would give us."

Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for Dec.07-Dec. 09:

  1. "Ralph Breaks the Internet" - $16.1 million
  2. "The Grinch" - $15.2 million
  3. "Creed II" - $10.3 million
  4. "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" - $6.8 million
  5. "Bohemian Rhapsody" - $6 million
  6. "Instant Family" - $5.6 million
  7. "Green Book" - $3.9 million
  8. "Robin Hood" - $3.5 million
  9. "The Possession of Hannah Grace" - $3.2 million
  10. "Widows" - $3.1 million

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