Ralph Breaks the Internet hasn’t run out of extra lives yet.
On a slow weekend at the box office featuring no major new releases, Disney’s pixel-powered sequel is on track to edge out fellow animated film The Grinch to claim the No. 1 spot for the third week in a row. From Friday through Sunday, Ralph will take in an estimated $16.1 million at 3,795 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.
That amount brings the film’s domestic total to $140.9 million after 19 days in theaters. Overseas, Ralph will add about $34.1 million this weekend, for a worldwide tally of $258.2 million.
Following up 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet once again stars John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman as a pair of videogame pals who embark on a journey of self-discovery — this time in cyberspace. Reviews have been positive, and audiences gave the movie an A-minus CinemaScore.
The rest of the top five should be a repeat of last weekend, with Ralph followed by Universal’s holiday tale The Grinch ($15.2 million), MGM’s Rocky installment Creed II ($10.3 million), Warner Bros’. wizarding caper Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ($6.8 million), and Fox’s Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody ($6 million).
While none of the major studios had new wide-release offerings this weekend, Universal re-released Schindler’s List in 1,029 theaters to mark the film’s 25th anniversary, earning an estimated $550,000.
Warner Bros. also made a splash in China this weekend, unveiling the superhero tentpole Aquaman to the tune of $93.6 million. The film opens Dec. 21 in the U.S.
In limited release, Focus Features’ Mary Queen of Scots will debut with about $200,000 in four locations, which works out to a strong per-screen average of $50,000. Neon’s Vox Lux arrives in six theaters with about $162,252 (a per-screen average of $27,042), and Roadside Attractions’ Ben Is Back bows with about $80,972 on four screens (a per-screen average of $20,243).
Next weekend’s multiplex offerings include the steampunk saga Mortal Engines, the crime drama The Mule, and the animated adventure Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Overall box office is up 9.9 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. See the Dec. 7-9 figures below.
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 — $3.6 million
9. The Possession of Hannah Grace — $3.2 million
10. Widows — $3.1 million