Christmas Believers


“For Christmas, one word brings the magic to life: BELIEVE.”
Aquaman found the most believers this weekend at the movies, soaring above his less-seaworthy competition and coming in first at the domestic box office.  Fifty-four years after her debut, Mary Poppins Returns to the delight of a whole new generation. Bumblebee had a transforming effect on his audience. Web slinging down a few box-office notches but still enjoying the view, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse traveled to the most festive places. Finally, The Mule contained more of a criminal as opposed to Christmas message, courtesy of Clint Eastwood.
The crowds arrived, and signs of the season abounded in movie theaters this weekend, where technicolor lights illuminated the brightest time of year. Audiences took a much-needed holiday break to enjoy the cinematic sights, where undersea action competed beautifully with action and animation, while a heartwarming return was welcomed by the young and the young-at-heart.
Which of our holiday hits made you a believer this weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Aquaman $67.4 million.
2. Mary Poppins Returns $22.2 million.
3. Bumblebee $21 million.
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $16.7 million.
5. The Mule $10 million.


A Welcoming Return


There’s an embarrassment of riches within movie theaters this last weekend before Santa’s Big Arrival. Our wish for great entertainment has most certainly been granted during our travels alongside Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, who invited us along on a fantastical animated ride. No slouch in the animation department, Ralph Breaks the Internet but leaves enough room in our cinematic space for the likes of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, who is clearly not as gracious, sneaking ahead of clumsy Ralph in last week’s box-office lineup.
Among so many fantastic films, will those Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald be left out in the cold? Might The Mule slow his legendary pace this weekend while still outpacing Mortal Engines, who were none too happy relegated to the back seat?
Of course, it being Gift-Giving Season, we can expect some big-time entertainment from a few of our starry friends. Aquaman is soon to arrive to save the world and splash a bit of above-water fun on our cinematic celebration. Sure to be celebrated is The Return of Mary Poppins, destined to charm a whole new generation.
We can expect a balance to all that merriment thanks to Welcome to Marwen, which most certainly will not be welcoming a lot of laughs despite Steve Carell’s presence. Then there’s a visit with Bumblebee, who’s also offering some heavy-duty drama.
Lastly, a Second Act is in store for our slew of holiday stars before the lights officially dim on 2018.
Which act are you most excited to see this weekend?

Spider-Man Travels into the Movieverse


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse traveled the farthest this weekend, cinematically speaking, finding his way to the top of the domestic box office while effectively setting the stage for The Mule, who, with Clint Eastwood in the driver’s seat, kept a respectable pace. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch enjoyed a first-class view ahead of former champion Ralph Breaks the Internet, whose view was a bit less desirable (sending Ralph on his own cyberspace soul search). Bringing up the rear, Mortal Engines had a hard time catching up to its competitors.
It was an animated wonder-filled weekend at the movies, much to the delight of kids of all ages, adding to the magic of the most imaginative season.
Which of our imagined gems added a bit of magic to your weekend?
Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $35.4 million.
2. The Mule $17.2 million.
3. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch $11.6 million.
4. Ralph Breaks the Internet $9.6 million.
5. Mortal Engines $7.5 million.

Holiday Wish List


What are you wishing for this holiday season? Does it include Ralph Breaks the Internet breaking even more rules to the delight of his unbreakable devotees? Will a spiritual respite (of sorts) in the form of Creed II make you a believer?
Is travel on your itinerary? Then a fantastical trip alongside Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse might be to your liking. The Mule is clearly traveling at his own pace, hoping to outpace Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald (who just won’t put up with criminal activity, even if Clint Eastwood is involved). Of course, Mortal Engines may be your preferred, action-packed way to travel, consisting of an eclectic group of travel companions. The Grinch, obviously a fan of rule breakers, is still around, pretending like his popularity hasn’t changed his “personality.” With so much competition, will he be persona non grata this weekend?
With Christmas carols filling the air, how much longer will Bohemian Rhapsody be heard?
Which of our pre-Christmas delights will be heard the loudest this weekend?

Ralph Remains Unbreakable


Making it all seem so effortless, Ralph Breaks the Internet again, welcoming moviegoers who clearly needed a break from all that pre-Christmas craziness. As we get closer to that all-important occasion, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch felt downright merry among his many admirers. Creed II courageously endured another profitable round at the box office. Those Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald found no wrongdoing among their fantastic fanbase. Finally, the beat played on (and on) for the Bohemian Rhapsody groupies.
When grouped together, the most festive season found our stars shining their brightest, inviting us all along for the most entertaining celebration!
Which of our celebrated tales had you seeing stars this weekend?
Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet $16.1 million.
2. The Grinch $15.2 million.
3. Creed II $10.3 million.
4. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald $6.8 million.
5. Bohemian Rhapsody $6 million.


Family Festivities


Now that Ben is Back for the holidays, can we expect a return to good, old-fashioned family drama, courtesy of always-good, drama-inspiring Julia Roberts? Good guy Creed II certainly offers heavyweight drama, with a grateful assist from rhythmic but intense Bohemian Rhapsody. Lightening up a bit, those Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald promise to add even more fantasy to the festivities while Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch continues to prove that even the grouchiest among us have a lighter side. Also more delightful than dramatic, reigning champ Ralph Breaks the Internet but miraculously fixes, in his own animated way, those seasonal stresses.
For those who feel right at home among the stresses, Vox Lux is soon to arrive, searching for success and clearly feeling the pressure her worthy competition inspires.
What will inspire moviegoers this weekend?

Ralph Rules Once More


Ralph Breaks the Internet once again to the delight of his loyal, unbreakable following. Following in his indestructible, animated footsteps, Dr Seuss’ The Grinch grabbed at our hearts despite his grinchy demeanor. Creed II continued to successfully tackle the cinematic punches. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald remained on moviegoers’ wish lists while the harmony inspired by Bohemian Rhapsody fit in perfectly with the festivities
Animation had everybody talking and movie believers abounded as the sounds of the season reverberated from movie theaters coast to coast.
Which of our festive films had you talking this weekend?

Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1.Ralph Breaks the Internet $25.8 million.
2. Dr Seuss’ The Grinch $17. 7 million.
3 Creed II $16.8 million.
4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald $11.2 million.
5. Bohemian Rhapsody $8.1 million.