Bye, bye, Home Alone – The Grinch is the King of Holiday movies now.
Well, at the very least, that’s what the film’s Box Office earnings tell us. Recently, it’s come to light that The Grinch, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the iconic green spoilsport, has surpassed $500 million worldwide.
This easily beats Home Alone’s box office earnings of $476.7 million worldwide. There’s not a single trap in Kevin McCallister’s repertoire that can turn that fact around.
The Grinch is yet another fine success for Illumination. The animation company has previously seen hits such as Despicable Me 2 and Minions earn over half a billion dollars each. Their latest flick can sit safely amongst those high-earning superstars.
And given that it’s doing so well, can we expect The Grinch 2? Or, mayhaps, a cinematic universe?
Er, we may be tempting fate here.
Jokes aside, a film that earns over $500 million that was made on a $75 million budget is downright impressive. So, if we saw a sequel for this Dr. Seuss adaptation, it wouldn’t surprise anyone.
The film currently holds a 58% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus reads: “The Grinch gives the classic Seuss source material a brightly animated update that’s solidly suitable for younger viewers without adding substantially to the story’s legacy”. Meanwhile, on Metacritic, the film holds an average rating of 51 out of 100based on 32 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.
The Grinch is Illumination’s ninth feature film. It follows the studio’s slew of other efforts including Sing, The Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise. They have a number of projects in the pipeline, including a Secret Life of Pets sequel, Sing 2 and Minions 2. They also have a Mario film in the works which they are working on alongside Nintendo.
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