The sequel to the 2012 animated hit Wreck-It Ralph, Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet is both a celebration, and a critique, of our online life, chock-full of references to entertainment and popular culture. But does it go all in with one of the staples of modern Hollywood, the post-credits scene?
Yes, it does. In fact, Ralph Breaks the Internet includes not one but two scenes after the credits begin to roll.
The question is, then, are they worth moviegoers remaining in their seats for a few minutes longer. The answers are no, and yes, in that order.
Without getting too far into spoiler territory, the mid-credits stinger was actually given away by the teaser trailer, released in February. Of course, it takes on a new, meta meaning within the context of the film itself. (See? That wasn't too spoilery.) It's, no doubt, a fun callback, but hardly a necessity. That said, you can't exactly skip out on the mid-credits and then return for the post-credits, which you definitely won't want to miss.
It's hardly essential viewing, but you'll undoubtedly kick yourself if you decide to slip out of the theater before the lights go up. We'll leave it at that -- except to say it's not a setup for Wreck-It Ralph 3. At least we don't think it is ...
So, long story short: Relax, and remained seated when the credits roll on Ralph Breaks the Internet. Surely, making it to the parking lot a few minutes ahead of everyone else won't be worth missing out on these two gangs -- unless, of course, there's a Battle Royale-style free-for-all for taxis. In that case, you're on your own.
Unsurprisingly, Ralph Breaks the Internet is expected to dominate the Thanksgiving weekend box office, feasting on a projected five-day bounty of $70 million to $75 million. Creed II should finish the holiday frame in a distant second, leaving the ring with somewhere between $44 million and $54 million. Returning for its second weekend, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is on course to finish third, with an estimated $42 million.
Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnson, Ralph Breaks the Internet is in theaters now. The film features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Gal Gadot, Jane Lynch, Ed O’Neill and almost every Disney Princess voice recorded.