RALPH BREAKS THE BOX OFFICE - Movie of the Week
RALPH BREAKS THE BOX OFFICE
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018
Disney’s sequel to the 2012 animated smash “Wreck-It Ralph” is a sure thing to dominate the box office for the extended Thanksgiving weekend. All of the films below opened on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and had “previews” on Tuesday evening to get a jump start on earning big holiday bucks, but “Ralph” is the one to beat.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” (PG). Six years after the first film, Ralph helps evacuate a broken-down video game and then he looks for a part to fix it, which leads to his becoming involved with a violent online racing game. Ralph is once again voiced by John C. Reilly, with other voice talent including Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Alfred Molina and Ed O’Neill.
“Green Book” (PG-13). This true comedy-drama follows a Jamaican classic pianist (Mahershala Ali) and his bouncer/bodyguard (Viggo Mortensen) on a tour of the Deep South in the 1960s. From the trailer, it appears to be a sort of “Driving Miss Daisy” in reverse. With Linda Cardellini.
“The Front Runner” (R). Another true story, this one tells of the rise and fall of Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) during his Democratic presidential run in 1988, and how his extramarital affair with Donna Rice (Sara Paxton) ushered in a new era of tabloid journalism in the mainstream press. With Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Mike Judge and Kevin Pollak.
“Creed II” (PG-13). This sequel to “Creed” (2015) marks the eighth film in the “Rocky” franchise,” with Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone returning to their respective roles as boxer and trainer, respectively. Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad are also back, along with a couple of veterans of “Rocky IV” (1985), Dolph Lundgren and Brigitte Nielsen, as Drago and his wife Ludmila. (And for those keeping score, Nielsen and Stallone were married in real-life in the ’80s, for less than two years.)
“Robin Hood” (PG-13). “Kingsman” star Taron Egerton takes over the iconic title role for this umpteenth film version of the classic story of a veteran of the Crusades who forms a band of Merry Men to revolt against the corrupt English crown. This one appears to be a victim of 21st century reboots that primarily deal in flash and dash. With Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Jamie Dornan and F. Murray Abraham.