The Croods keep marching on

The prehistoric family of THE CROODS: A NEW AGE once again ruled the theatrical wasteland, taking the top spot at the box office for a third weekend with an estimated $3 million.

The animated Dreamworks sequel has wandered to a domestic total of $24.2 million since it opened on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The PG-rated Universal release now has a worldwide total of $76.3 million, on a reported cost of $65 million.

Universal’s PG-13 comedy HALF BROTHERS held onto second place with $490,000, a 30% dip from its opening last weekend. Tthe Spanish-language release has a ten-day domestic total of $1.38 million.

Will Ferrell’s ELF jumped up a few places to third with $390,000 over its fifth weekend in re-release. Director Jon Favreau’s PG-13 Christmas comedy has gathered nearly $175 million domestic since its original 2003 opening.

Blumhouse’s R-rated horror-comedy FREAKY moved to fourth place with $315,000, bringing the Vince Vaughn/Kathryn Newton body-swap to a domestic total of $8.2 million and $14.1 million worldwide on a reported $6 million cost.

The resilient Robert De Niro family comedy THE WAR WITH GRANDPA was again in fifth place with $267,000. After two-and-a-half months on screens, the PG-rated release has a domestic total of $18 million and a worldwide total of $24.7 million.

Warner Bros. tried to provide some holiday cheer from their existing catalog, putting both NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION and THE POLAR EXPRESS back into theaters. Both reissues earned around $237,000 for the weekend.

The Chevy Chase-led 1989 comedy now has a running domestic total of $73.1 million (not adjusted for inflation), while Robert Zemeckis’ animated movie with a performance-captured Tom Hanks is at an unadjusted $188 million domestic total (including various re-releases) since its initial 2004 premiere.

Universal’s Jessica Rothe/Harry Shum, Jr. romantic drama ALL MY LIFE followed in eighth place with $215,000, dropping 42% for a ten-day domestic total of $696,000.

Before sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984 arrives on both theater and home screens on Christmas, Warner Bros. put the first WONDER WOMAN onto 900 screens for $187,000. The 2017 big-screen adventure of DC Comics’ iconic superhero has a domestic total of $412.7 million.

Closing out the list was supernatural horror movie COME PLAY, while the Kevin Costner/Diane Lane drama LET HIM GO and the Liam Neeson crime-drama HONEST THIEF made their exits.

Next weekend has the Milla Jovovich-fronted videogame adaptation MONSTER HUNTER getting a wide release (whatever that means in this coronavirus reality), joined by the thriller FATALE with Hillary Swank, Mike Colter and Michael Ealy.

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