Box-Office Preview: ‘The Grinch’ To Become No. 1 Flick This Weekend With $55M-$60M U.S. Debut

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Universal and Illumination’s CG animated The Grinch, the latest adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss holiday tale, will see plenty of green in its North American box office bow with $55 million-$60 million, if not more.

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With a Grinch voiced this time out by Benedict Cumberbatch, the big-budget pic will easily top the chart, thanks to being the first family tentpole of the year-end corridor. The weekend’s other new nationwide offerings, The Girl in the Spider’s Web and the J.J. Abrams-produced Overlord, are looking at far more modest openings.

 

The Grinch, directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney, will play in more than 4,100 theaters. The voice cast also includes Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury, Cameron Seely and Pharrell Williams, who narrates the tale about the infamous Grinch who tries to ruin Christmas for the residents of Whoville.

 

 

The Girl in the Spider’s Web,  starring The Crown‘s Claire Foy and directed by Fede Alvarez, hopes to revive the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo book and film franchise. Tracking suggests the movie will open in the $10 million-$15 million range, although Sony is being more conservative in suggesting $8 million for the adult-skewing, R-rated film.

 

 

Sony made Girl in the Spider’s Web, which continues the adventures of Swedish hacker Lisbeth Salander, in partnership with MGM and New Regency. Sverrir Gudnason, Lakeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks and Stephen Merchant co-star.

 

Studio insiders say Spider’s Web cost $43 million to produce, less than half the production budget of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, based on the first novel in late Swedish writer Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. The original Millennium trilogy was adapted for the screen by Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev and starred Noomi Rapace as Salander in a breakout role. The first film was released in February 2009, with sequels in September and November of the same year, both directed by Daniel Alfredsson.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Universal Pictures
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