'The Grinch' easily wins the weekend US box office, while 'Girl in the Spider's Web' bombs

Universal‘The Grinch.’
  • The latest animated movie by the studio behind “Despicable Me” and “Minions” has another hit with “The Grinch.”
  • This most recent retelling of the classic Dr. Seuss story won the weekend box office with $US66 million.
  • This opening bests the 2000 Jim Carrey-starring version, which had a $US55 million opening.
  • But it wasn’t good news for “The Girl in the Spider’s Web.” The $US40 million-plus reboot of the Lisbeth Salander franchise only had an $US8 million opening.

It seems like everyone is already in the holiday spirit as the latest telling of the Dr. Seuss classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” took a nice bite out of the US box office over the weekend.

The most recent title from animation studio Illumination (creators of “Despicable Me,” “Minions,” and “Sing”) has definitely put a smile on Universal’s face, which releases the animation studio’s works. The movie took in an estimated $US66 million to easily win the weekend.

Benedict Cumberbatch had the task of voicing the green menace of Whoville and seems to have passed with flying colours. Previously, the holiday classic was told with the ambitious live-action 2000 release, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” with Jim Carrey playing the title role.

That had a $US55 million opening and went on to earn over $US345 million worldwide.

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While Universal/Illumination found success dusting off a known property, Sony/MGM/New Regency didn’t have the same luck with “The Girl in the Spider’s Web.”

The girl in the spiders web sonySony‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web.’

The latest American release from the beloved Millennium book series that features the adventures of hacker Lisbeth Salander, “Spider’s Web” comes seven years after the US kickoff of the franchise with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Helmed by David Fincher and starring Rooney Mara in the Salander role, the movie opened with a soft $US12.7 million opening (made for $US90 million) but went on to earn a solid $US232.6 million worldwide.

Sony will have to work a lot harder to make back its money this time. The revamp of the franchise with Claire Foy in the lead and Fede Alvarez (“Don’t Breathe”) directing didn’t excite audiences, as the movie only took in $US8 million over the weekend (its production budget was around $US40 million).

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