Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Grinch’ delivers holiday cheer with $66M box-office debut

LOS ANGELES – You’re a mean one – and you’re No. 1 – Mr. Grinch.

Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch” sledded past mixed reviews and made off with $66 million to top the weekend North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Last week’s top film, the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, drops to second place with a $30.9 million weekend that brings its overall take to $100 million.

Illumination, the animators behind “Minions” and “Despicable Me,” produced the latest interpretation of Seuss’ 1957 book that led to a 1966 TV special and first came to the big screen as a live-action feature starring Jim Carrey in 2000.

The war-zombie horror hybrid “Overlord” was third with $10.1 million. Disney’s “The Nutcracker and The Four Realms” slid to fourth with $9.6 million.

The weekend’s other major debut, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” starring Claire Foy as hacker Lisbeth Salander, rounded out the top five with $8 million.

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