LOS ANGELES – You’re a mean one – and you’re No. 1 – Mr. Grinch.
Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch” made off with $66 million to top the weekend North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Last week’s top film, the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, drops to second place with a $30.9 million weekend that brings its overall take to $100 million.
The latest interpretation of “The Grinch” is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. The film was widely expected to be No. 1 with few other major openings this weekend, but it surpassed projections that had it bringing in closer to $60 million.
The war-zombie horror hybrid “Overlord” was third with $10.1 million. Disney’s “The Nutcracker and The Four Realms” slid to fourth with $9.6 million.
Claire Foy’s “The Girl In the Spider’s Web,” the reboot of the Lisbeth Salander franchise, rounded out the top five with $8 million.
Final figures are expected Tuesday.
Contributing: Kim Willis
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