Predictions for the weekend box office strongly favor The Grinch, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Most forecasts say it will take the top spot, raking in something in the area of $62 million.
According to Box Office Mojo, Universal is projecting a domestic gross of about $50 million. Other projections are even more positive; Mojo itself puts Grinch's finish in the range of $53 million, at the low end, and over $65 million at the highest. Data culled from IMDb places it "trailing" Zootopia's opening numbers, but ahead of The Boss Baby and The Peanuts Movie.
The Grinch is more well-known than characters adapted from other Dr. Seuss books, such as The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who! Yet those had massive openings in the $40-$70 million range. The last Grinch adaptation, the live-action one in 2000 starring Jim Carrey and directed by Ron Howard, debuted with comparable numbers at $55 million.
Cumberbatch's animated version faces stiff competition from Overlord, The Girl in the Spider's Web and hits still hanging on at the box office, like Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born and Halloween. But, Mojo says it would be no surprise if The Grinch rises to rival The Incredibles for biggest November opening gross ever.
The Grinch stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Ariel Winter, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely and Angela Lansbury. It opens Nov. 9 in 4,141 locations and 23 markets worldwide.