and Teen Titans Go! To the Movies came out in July. As such, The Grinch’s target audience is ripe for a new film. Additionally, The Grinch is an appropriately festive title for this time of year. The holiday season is essentially here, and while Christmas isn’t for another month or so, people are still getting in the mood for their celebrations. It also helps The Grinch is a beloved property that’s endured for decades, so there’s a built-in fan base that will be curious to see a new iteration of the timeless narrative. The Grinch hasn’t seen the big screen since Ron Howard’s live-action take back in 2000, meaning a new animated version should go over well with viewers.
The Grinch’s critical reception hasn’t been overly glowing, but many are in agreement it’s a worthy retelling. That will help the film’s box office prospects, but it also faces limited competition. This weekend’s other wide releases, Overlord and The Girl in the Spider’s Web, are entering theaters with muted fanfare and won’t post much of a threat. The former is projected to earn $8.4 million over the weekend, while the latter should come in at $8.3 million. In fact, both of these new arrivals will likely come behind two holdovers: Bohemian Rhapsody and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
Source: Box Office Pro