This was not only a record-breaking year at the box office, but an exceptional year in terms of quality too—and the number-one film of 2018 happens to be in my top ten. Here are this editor’s personal favorites. Roma: Five years after his sci-fi blockbuster Gravity, director Alfonso Cuarón returns
Monday Update: The new Harry Potter spinoff movie movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald might not been quite as “magical” of an opening as some hoped, but still debuted in first place with $62.1M. The Warner Bros. fantasy started -16.4% behind the $74.4M opening of predecessor installment Fantastic Beasts and Where to
Monday Update: “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch”… and you’re also a rich one, as Universal’s animated holiday comedy Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch opened to $67.5M. That was about in line with pre-release expectations, although it fell about 27% behind the $90.4M inflation-adjusted opening of 2000’s live action How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Monday Update: Only two weekends after Venom broke the record for best October opening ever, Halloween captured the second-best October opening ever with $76.2M. Those are the top two openings for the month whether in pure dollars or adjusted for ticket price inflation. Halloween debuted about in line with its already high expectations