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For the third weekend in a row, Ralph Breaks the Internet reigned supreme at the box office, but it was far from a record-breaking week in theaters.

The animated sequel to Wreck-It Ralph extended its streak as the top movie in theaters for another week, narrowly beating Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch. It was the fifth weekend in theaters for the latter film, which has made the best of the holiday season to prolong its profitable run.

Despite all of the success for the top two films, the three-day span from December 7-9 wasn’t exactly a winner for Hollywood. The $77.7 million generated by the top 12 movies in US theaters over those three days was the second lowest weekend for movie ticket sales so far this year.

#Title Weekend U.S. Total
1.Ralph Breaks the Internet$16.1M$140.8M
2.Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch$15.1M$223.4M
3.Creed II$10.3M$96.4M
4.Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald $6.8M$145.2M
5.Bohemian Rhapsody$6M$173.5M
6.Instant Family$5.6M$54.1M
7.Green Book$3.9M$19.9M
8.Robin Hood$3.5M$27.2M
9.The Possession of Hannah Grace $3.1M$11.5M
10.Widows $3.1M$38.1M

Without any new films in wide release domestically — all of the movies premiering over the weekend did so in a small, limited number of theaters — the top ten movies essentially remained the same for the last two weekends with a few exceptions. Internationally, though, Aquaman made a big splash with its early debut in China, where it earned a massive $93.6 million. That’s the biggest premiere of any Warner Bros. Pictures movie in China, the second-largest movie market in the world, and seems to bode well for the film’s arrival in US theaters later this month.

This might have been a slow weekend in theaters, but the holiday season gets a lot busier this week with the PG-13 re-release of Deadpool 2 — titled Once Upon a Deadpool — premiering December 12, followed by the post-apocalyptic adventure Mortal Engines and the animated superhero feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on December 14. Director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Children of Men) also brings his drama Roma to theaters on December 14, and the Clint Eastwood thriller The Mule arrives in theaters that day, too.

The following weeks then bring a pair of much-anticipated, big-budget blockbusters to audiences, with Bumblebee and Aquaman closing out the year.

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