Jimmy Kimmel’s Daughter ‘Took a S–t’ in Jennifer Aniston’s Backyard (Video)

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

Jimmy Kimmel had a (wish)bone to pick with Jennifer Aniston on Wednesday night. Well, the “Friends” actress has a pretty big one to pick with him, too.

The ABC late-night personality griped to his guest that her night-before-Thanksgiving gathering, which the Kimmels have attended for a few years running now, takes some of the momentum away from his own holiday party.

“I’m making the same thing everyone had the night before, again,” Kimmel said. “In essence, you’re turning my meal into leftovers.”

Also Read: James Corden Sings About Jeff Goldblum’s Pecs in ‘Thank U, Next’ Ariana Grande Parody (Video)

Aniston is willing to consider changing up her annual Friendsgiving (she actually calls it “Fakesgiving,” probably to not have to talk about Ross and Rachel while serving yams) menu, but she wants a little tit for tat.

“If we do this, can we talk about your children not using my backyard as a bathroom?” she asked Kimmel.

Apparently, the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host’s daughter “took a s–t” — her words — in Aniston’s backyard a few years ago.

Also Read: ‘Friends’ Likely to Stream on WarnerMedia’s New Service Too

“Right on the lawn, right next to the beautiful pool,” Aniston added.

Watch the video above.

Happy Fakesgiving, everyone.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Michael B Jordan Punches Jimmy Kimmel (Video)

Jimmy Kimmel and His Celebrity Friends Sing ‘We’re Going to Hell’ to Help End AIDS (Video)

Jimmy Kimmel’s Country Music Mean Tweets: Thomas Rhett May or May Not Bedazzle His Jeans (Video)

Ratings: Falcons-Saints Thanksgiving Game Leads NBC to Easy Primetime Win

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

Nothing else on TV was a match for football on Thanksgiving. Surprise, surprise.

The Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints game helped NBC dominate the competition in Nielsen ratings for Thursday night primetime. The network won outright, claiming victories in both the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and among total viewers.

The “Thursday Night Football” game also had bragging rights over 2017’s Turkey Day showdown between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, which came in at a 4.2/17 in early numbers.

Also Read: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Ticks Up 2 Percent in Early Ratings

Fox came in a distant second, thanks to “MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown,” a special holiday edition of the Gordon Ramsay competitive children’s cooking series.

Due to the nature of live sports, the following overnight numbers for NBC are subject to adjustment when final data comes in later today.

NBC was first in ratings with a 5.5 rating/24 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 18 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those stats came courtesy of an NFL pregame show and the Falcons-Saints “Thursday Night Football” contest, with the live programming running from 8:00 until outside the primetime window.

Also Read: Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Thanksgiving Episode Tops Tuesday

Fox was second in ratings with a 1.9/8 and in viewers with 6 million. The broadcaster filled its primetime block with the special “MasterChef Junior.”

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 4.7 million. Sandwiched between repeats, “Murphy Brown” at 9:30 p.m. got a 0.8/3 and 4.7 million viewers.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 2.6 million. At 8, the “20/20: Behind the Magic” special managed a 0.4/2 and 3.1 million viewers. Back-to-back “ABC News Specials” aired from 9-11, with “Real Princess Diaries” receiving a 0.4/2 and 2.6 million viewers, followed by “I’m Coming Home,” which settled for a 0.3/1 and 2 million viewers.

The CW had a 0.1/1 and 632,000 viewers, with no new primetime programming.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Ticks Up 2 Percent in Early Ratings

Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Thanksgiving Episode Tops Tuesday

Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season Finale Settles for a New Low

Ratings: NBC Mauls Broadcast Competition With Bears Game

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Ticks Up 2 Percent in Early Ratings

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

More people took time away from basting, brining and baking to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC Thursday than they did the previous Thanksgiving holiday, with the 92nd annual festivities rising 1.6 percent from last year in the earliest-available Nielsen ratings numbers.

Yesterday, the long walk through Manhattan averaged a 12.8 rating/28 share on NBC, per some very preliminary data out of the nation’s 56 metered-markets. Last year’s event posted a 12.6/27, down 7.4 percent from 2016’s march toward Herald Square, which had actually scored its top overnight rating in 13 years — a 13.5/29.

Also Read: Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Thanksgiving Episode Tops Tuesday

The 2018 parade put up a 6.9/34 among adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters. The year-ago’s version landed a 7.0, which makes yesterday’s Turkey Day event down ever so slightly in the age-range most beloved by advertisers.

Hosted by “Today” show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker, the parade’s household rating beat every program on broadcast television, excluding news and sports, since the Oscars back in early March.

After Santa Claus came to town, NBC’s “National Dog Show Presented by Purina” telecast rose year over year, according to the same overnight data stream.

Also Read: Ratings: Falcons-Saints Thanksgiving Game Leads NBC to Easy Primetime Win

The 2018 “National Dog Show” had a 6.1/14 in households and a 3.0/14 in the demo. Last year’s canine contest got a 6.0/14 and 3.1/3, respectively.

Later in the day, NBC dominated Thursday’s primetime with an Atlanta Falcons-New Orleans Saints football game. That momentum maintained into late-night, when Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” hit its highest numbers in both metered-market households and the demo and since February.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Thanksgiving Episode Tops Tuesday

Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season Finale Settles for a New Low

Ratings: NBC Mauls Broadcast Competition With Bears Game

Ratings: Fox Scores With Another Winning ‘Thursday Night Football’ Game

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ ‘Creed II’ Drive Record Thanksgiving Box Office

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and MGM’s “Creed II” are leading what is shaping up to be the biggest Thanksgiving weekend in box office history. ComScore is reporting that Wednesday’s combined grosses set a new day-before-Thanksgiving record with $56 million. That means that this weekend is on its way to breaking the holiday five-day record set in 2013, when “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Frozen” drove the box office to a $294 million total.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” is currently estimated to finish the weekend in the top three biggest Thanksgiving openings ever. After two days in theaters, “Ralph” heads into the weekend proper with $28.8 million already grossed and industry estimates projecting an $89 million five-day opening.

Also Read: ‘Green Book’ Has Successful Start at Indie Box Office Before Wide Release

That’s good for the second-best opening in Thanksgiving box office history, behind the $93 million launch for Frozen. It’s also well above the openings for more recent Disney Thanksgiving openings, as “Moana” opened to $82 million in 2016 and “Coco” opened to $72 million in 2017. “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” as expected, has been a hit with critics and audiences alike, scoring an A- on CinemaScore and an 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Creed II,” meanwhile, has grossed $19 million after two days in theaters and is currently estimated for a $60 million opening. That’s a 43 percent jump over the $42 million five-day start for the first “Creed” in 2015. While many live-action films have posted stronger numbers than “Creed II” on Thanksgiving after opening the weekend prior, this $60 million result would be the best opening for any live-action Thanksgiving release, topping the $49 million for the 2007 Disney film “Enchanted.”

Michael B. Jordan, who returns to play the titular boxer after his acclaimed performance in “Black Panther,” was seen as a major boost to moviegoer interest in this sequel, as audiences are raving with an A on CinemaScore to go with the film’s 82 percent RT score.

Also Read: From ‘Gotti’ to ‘Solo’: 2018’s Biggest Box Office Bombs (Photos)

Two holdover releases, WB’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and Illumination/Universal’s “The Grinch,” are also driving business with estimated five-day totals of $43 million and $40 million, respectively.

But while “The Grinch” is on its way to hitting $200 million domestic by the end of the month, “Fantastic Beasts 2” finds itself 27 percent behind the pace of its 2016 predecessor. The sequel has grossed $88 million through eight days in theaters and is expected to finish the weekend with a 10-day total of $117 million, compared to $156 million for the first “Fantastic Beasts.”

Outside the top five are this weekend’s two other new releases, Lionsgate’s “Robin Hood” and Universal/DreamWorks’ “Green Book.” “Robin Hood” looks like it will be the flop of the weekend, grossing $5 million so far and projected for just a $15 million opening against a budget reported to be just under $100 million. “Green Book,” meanwhile, is on pace to hit pre-weekend projections of $6-8 million from its targeted release of 1,063 screens, with plans to further expand in December.

Related stories from TheWrap:

‘Creed II,’ ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Set Record Thanksgiving Preview Grosses

Stan Lee Didn’t Get to See His ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Cameo Before He Died

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Film Review: Disappointing Sequel Offers a Few Good Clicks

How to Live Stream the Saints-Falcons Game for Free

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

If you’re looking to catch the NFL’s Thanksgiving nightcap between the red-hot New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons, we’ve got you covered.

The matchup between the two NFC rivals kicks off at 5:20 p.m. PT, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC. The Saints come into Thursday sporting a sterling 9-1 record behind quarterback Drew Brees and the league’s highest scoring offense. The Falcons are, well, not having as good of a season as the Saints, entering tonight’s matchup with a 4-6 record.

If you can’t catch the game on TV — or are looking to slink away from your irritating family for a few hours — there are several free streaming options.

Also Read: Ratings: NFL Recovers on Fox After Last Week’s Blowout, CBS’ ‘Big Bang’ Universe Bests the Rest

The NFL app streams all NFL games, and the Yahoo Sports: Scores & News app streams CBS, Fox, and NBC games (including the entire league’s Thanksgiving slate), plus exclusive analysis and commentary.

However, both apps are only available on your smartphones, not via wifi, so check your data plans.

Also, if you’re willing to pay but don’t have cable (or a dependable antennae), there are plenty of TV-compatible options.

Also Read: Another NFL Sideline Reporter Got Drilled in the Head With a Football on Live TV (Video)

Sports-centric service FuboTV is the most robust, with live-streamed games from CBS, NBC, Fox, NFL Network and NFL Redzone.

NFL Network, NBC and Fox are all also available on Sling TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, and PS Vue, all of which provide free trials for people who haven’t signed up yet.

Cable customers can also watch the game on the NBC app, using their service provider login.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Ratings: NFL Recovers on Fox After Last Week’s Blowout, CBS’ ‘Big Bang’ Universe Bests the Rest

Ratings: NBC Scores Big Sunday Win With Marquee Tom Brady vs Aaron Rodgers NFL Matchup

Ratings: Fox Tops Thursday Despite Bad NFL Matchup, Worse Game

How to Watch or Live Stream Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Video)

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

Want to avoid your family? Still too early for pigskin (or turkey meat, for that matter)? The 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade can provide a serviceable distraction during the morning hours tomorrow.

But how does one actually watch this thing? Readers, you came to the right place. For starters, those looking for Snoopy and Santa can catch them the traditional way on NBC.

The “Today” Show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will emcee the festivities on the broadcast network, which will run the parade live for the east coast starting at 9 a.m. Other time zones get it tape-delayed for 9 o’clock local time, and there will be an encore presentation from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Also Read: TV Shows Each Net Is Most Thankful For: Viewers Really Gobble (Gobble) These Up

Those who didn’t only cut the cord but also smashed their TV screens can catch all of the fun on YouTube, thanks to Verizon. For the third year in a row, NBCUniversal and Verizon have partnered on a 360-degree livestream of the parade. The streaming option is meant as a second-screen appearance, but it’ll work in a pinch.

Watch the video at the top of this post.

Authentication is required, NBC tells us.

Also Read: Sarah Michelle Gellar Is ‘Terribly Sorry’ for Offending People With Her Pre-Thanksgiving Lingerie Post

This year’s parade boasts 16 giant character balloons, plus 43 novelty balloons, heritage balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons, as well as 26 floats, 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers, more than 1,000 clowns, and 12 marching bands.

Those floats will be as jam-packed as the sidewalks.

Here’s a long list of those slated to adorn floats: Bad Bunny, Barenaked Ladies, Bazzi, Ally Brooke, Kane Brown, Brynn Cartelli, Jack & Jack, John Legend, Leona Lewis, Ella Mai, Tegan Marie, Martina McBride, Rita Ora, Carly Pearce, Pentatonix, Anika Noni Rose and the cast and Muppets of “Sesame Street.” Plus, there is Diana Ross and her daughter Tracee Ellis Ross, Ashlee Simpson, Sugarland, Ashley Tisdale, Mackenzie Ziegler and Johnny Orlando.

Also Read: 27 Shows You Can Binge Watch Over the Thanksgiving Holiday (Photos)

Last year, NBC’s telecast averaged 24.057 million viewers overall and had a 6.41 rating in adults 18-49. Those numbers are as big as the Snoopy balloon.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Thanksgiving Box Office Preview: ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ ‘Creed’ Sequels Expected to Top Originals

Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson $9 Million Golf Showdown Set for Thanksgiving Weekend

‘The Match’: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Set $200,000 Side Bet for First Hole (Video)

Here’s How Bad Los Angeles Traffic Will Be Today. We’re Sorry

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

Los Angeles gives us much to be thankful for: the entertainment center of the world boasts year-round lovely weather, sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. But it also has hellish traffic, especially before Thanksgiving.

An estimated 48.5 million Americans are expected to the road for Thanksgiving between Wednesday and Monday, the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) reported.

Angelenos practice every rush hour for this kind of misery. But today is the ultimate test of your ability to keep driving safely (and politely? Sorry, kidding).

According to AAA, this Thanksgiving will be the busiest travel period since 2005. That’s 13 years ago — when “Grey’s Anatomy” had just aired its first season — so strap in.

Also Read: ‘Creed II,’ ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Set Record Thanksgiving Preview Grosses

Additionally, chances of heavy rain are forecast for California on Thursday, which is excellent news for firefighters. So consider the added delays you’ll suffer a sacrifice for the greater good.

According to AAA, the busiest stretches of Los Angeles highways will be I-5 South at Valley View Ave., I-10 East at I-5/US-101 and I-405 South at Woodruff Ave.

At peak traffic, AAA is forecasting delays of double the normal drive time in Los Angeles. It could be worse: Drivers in San Francisco may see a delay of nearly quadruple normal drive time.

Also Read: Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Thanksgiving Episode Tops Tuesday

“Whatever your destination this Thanksgiving, remember to buckle up and avoid distractions while driving and give yourself plenty of time for your trip so you and your passengers can arrive safely,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said in a statement on Monday. “Remembering to wear your seat belt every day is a good practice, but take extra care over the long holiday to ensure you are able to enjoy the festivities with friends and family.”

And try to look for the upside: AAA says many people traveling means the economy is growing and people have disposable income and consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.

See below for some footage showing the insane Los Angeles traffic:

Aerial footage shows traffic gridlock Tuesday night on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles as the Thanksgiving travel rush begins.

Follow along here for live traffic updates from across the US throughout the holiday weekend: https://t.co/VcSBHaqXQd pic.twitter.com/XE27JJQBls

— CNN (@CNN) November 21, 2018

Traffic is already bumper to bumper across Los Angeles ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, seen here downtown on the 110 Freeway https://t.co/R2IABNYMCd pic.twitter.com/sAQPlHy4k4

— KTLA (@KTLA) November 21, 2018

Annual tradition: Crazy holiday traffic in Los Angeles. https://t.co/PFsJ2mnGKi #Thanksgiving pic.twitter.com/upodFK1omD

— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) November 21, 2018

Related stories from TheWrap:

Sarah Michelle Gellar Is ‘Terribly Sorry’ for Offending People With Her Pre-Thanksgiving Lingerie Post

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Set to Lead Overstuffed Thanksgiving Box Office

16 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes and Specials Ever (Photos)

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ ‘Creed II’ Impress in Thanksgiving Box Office Previews

Read on: Variety.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Creed II” are poised to become big holiday hits after earning an impressive $3.8 million and $3.7 million, respectively, from Tuesday previews. The two sequels are expected to dominate the box of…

‘This Is Us’ Recap: “Six Thanksgivings” Feeds The Soul, Reveals Secrets And Finally Unveils Origin Of Jack’s Necklace

Read on: Deadline.

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about Tuesday’s episode of This Is Us.
Tonight’s episode of This Is Us is titled “Six Thanksgivings”, which basically means that you will need six times more Kleenex when watching the…

Sarah Michelle Gellar Is ‘Terribly Sorry’ for Offending People With Her Pre-Thanksgiving Lingerie Post

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

Forget the turkey — Sarah Michelle Gellar chowed down on some crow in the run-up to Thanksgiving this year.

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Gellar has coughed up an apology after apparently offending some people by posting photos of herself in lingerie as a reminder not to overeat on Thursday.

Gellar’s initial post, published Sunday, featured photos of herself clad in black lingerie. (Us Weekly said they were from a 2007 Maxim photoshoot.)

Also Read: Sarah Michelle Gellar Mistakenly Announces Boy George’s Death

“I’m just going to pin these up all over my house as a reminder not to overeat on Thursday,” Gellar wrote, adding the hashtag, #thanksgivingprep.”

While the vast majority of comments displayed support for the actress, some people took issue with the post, leading Gellar to clarify in the comments section that she did not intend to fat-shame anyone.

“It’s come to my attention that some people think I was ‘fat shaming’ with this post. That could not be further from my intentions,” Gellar wrote.

Also Read: Wentworth Miller Shares ‘Suicidal’ Thoughts in Response to Fat-Shaming

“I love Thanksgiving and unfortunately my eyes are often bigger than my stomach, and I tend to eat so much I make myself sick. This was a joking reminder to myself not to do that,” the actress added.

Gellar concluded, “I’m terribly sorry that people were offended by my attempt at humor. Any one that knows me, knows I would never intentionally ‘shame’ any one on any basis. I am a champion of all people.”

See Gellar’s post below.

View this post on Instagram

I’m just going to pin these up all over my house as a reminder not to overeat on Thursday #thanksgivingprep

A post shared by Sarah Michelle (@sarahmgellar) on

Related stories from TheWrap:

Ben Affleck Responds to New Yorker Fat-Shaming Article: ‘Thick Skin Bolstered by Garish Tattoos’

Lady Gaga Silences Fat-Shaming Trolls With Smokin’ Look at Grammys

Santa Makes Media’s Naughty List for Fat-Shaming 9-Year-Old Boy (Video)

TV Shows Each Net Is Most Thankful For: Viewers Really Gobble (Gobble) These Up

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

With Thanksgiving just days away, heads of households and network chiefs alike are finalizing their family toasts. Should the execs raise a few too many glasses before it’s actually time for grace, we’re here to remind everyone of the TV shows each should be most thankful for.

All numbers in this story come from Nielsen’s “most current” ratings demographic, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available.

It’s no surprise that NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” is TV’s top series again this season, with a 7.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 19.6 million total viewers. It’s also no shocker that the net’s “This Is Us” is the highest-rated (3.9) entertainment show.

What readers might not know though is that freshman series “Manifest” actually averages more total viewers (13.9 million) than does the Pearson-clan drama (13.8 million). Robert Zemeckis and the “Lost”-like series’ other executive producers can thank the 10 p.m. show’s delayed-viewing lifts for those bragging rights.

Also Read: Ratings: ‘Manifest’ Descends From Last Week

Nope, not you, “NCIS.” “The Big Bang Theory” is the most-watched entertainment show on television, hauling in an average of 16.1 million viewers each week — that’s 773,000 viewers higher than the next-best series, “NCIS.”

With a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49, “BBT” is also the highest-rated comedy on all of TV. Good thing “Roseanne” didn’t come back (as “Roseanne”).

ABC continues to do it with a pair of hospital procedurals.

With a 2.7 rating, “Grey’s Anatomy” is ABC’s highest-rated series of the 2018-19 season. Sophomore drama “The Good Doctor” actually averages more total viewers, however, with 11.1 million. Healthy.

Also Read: ‘The Alec Baldwin Show’ Banished to Saturdays by ABC

Fox has had a ratings emergency as of late — what it got was “9-1-1.” The network’s top show, which hails from Ryan Murphy, averages a 2.5 rating and 9.6 million total viewers. Hell, that’s good enough to beat “Empire.”

If we included sports in this, NFL postgame show “The OT” would be No. 1 with a 4.8 and 12.3 million viewers. Every network loves a good Sunday afternoon overrun.

The CW
Not yet, “Riverdale.” “The Flash” is still CW’s biggest show, averaging a 1.0 rating and 2.6 million total viewers.

Also Read: ABC’s Channing Dungey Says Kenya Barris Was ‘Frustrated’ by Limitations of Broadcast TV

Bless you all for thy broadcast bounty, and enjoy your leftovers (reruns next week) everyone.

Related stories from TheWrap:

NBC Wins Midterm Election Night’s Broadcast Ratings Race

Fox News Channel Beat Everyone in Viewers on Midterm Election Night

17 Lowest-Rated TV Shows of Summer 2018 (Photos)

Thanksgiving Viewing Guide 2018: What’s on TV on Turkey Day (Photos)

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

It’s almost Thanksgiving again, so we hope you’re prepared for a full day of eating food and otherwise sitting around doing very little with friends and/or family. To aid you in that endeavor, below you’ll find the lowdown on all the …

27 Shows You Can Binge Watch Over the Thanksgiving Holiday (Photos)

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

Before the tryptophan from the turkey kicks in, check out TheWrap’s list of shows you can binge in four days over your Thanksgiving weekend. Don’t worry, we have dramas, comedies, action series, sci-fi shows on every platform from Netflix t…

Thanksgiving Box Office Preview: ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ ‘Creed’ Sequels Expected to Top Originals

Read on: TheWrapTheWrap.

The first round of opening weekend projections for Thanksgiving are highlighted by Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and Warner Bros./MGM’s “Creed II,” two sequels that are expected to improve on the openings of their predecessors.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” is currently projected to open to $65 million, which would be a roughly 33 percent improvement over the $49 million opening “Wreck-It Ralph” scored in early November 2012. It would also beat the $50 million opening for Disney’s Thanksgiving offering last year, the Pixar Oscar winner “Coco,” and the $56 million opening for its 2016 Thanksgiving film, “Moana.” It comes at the right time, too, as another Disney release, the $130 million “Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” is expected to bomb this weekend with a $20 million opening.

Also Read: Here’s Your First Look at Gal Gadot in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ (Video)

“Wreck-It Ralph” was a relatively solid success for Disney, earning $189.4 million domestically and $471.2 million worldwide. But “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is expected to do even better, thanks to both the name recognition the first film built and a trailer that became a viral sensation with more than 16 million views on Disney’s YouTube channel.

While the first film heavily advertised the video game cameos with posters that included the likes of Sonic and M. Bison alongside the movie’s protagonist, the sequel is using meta-humor as the main draw, poking fun at the wide array of intellectual property that has been developed — and bought — by Disney since the first film came out.

The centerpiece of the marketing is a much talked about scene in which Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) comes face-to-face with all of the Disney princesses. It pokes fun at the princess formula Disney has become known for over the decades. The success of films like “Deadpool” has shown that moviegoers can’t get enough of pop culture ribbing itself, and it should lead to strong word-of-mouth for this manic take on the blockbuster empire Disney has built this decade.

Also Read: Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Release Pushed Back 9 Months to Summer 2020

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” sees Vanellope and Ralph (John C. Reilly) leave their little arcade and head out to the Internet to find a component that could fix Vanellope’s game and keep her from losing her home. But when Vanellope lands in a gritty driving game and earns the respect of a driver named Shank (Gal Gadot), Vanellope must decide whether she wants to stay in the Internet. Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch also star, with Taraji P. Henson joining the cast.

“Creed II,” meanwhile, is looking at an opening in the high $40 million range, a big improvement over the first film’s $29.6 million opening. The film should perform particularly well with African-American audiences, as lead star Michael B. Jordan’s profile has been elevated immensely after his show-stealing performance in “Black Panther.” Ryan Coogler, who directed both “Panther” and “Creed,” returns here as an executive producer, with Steven Caple Jr. directing from a script co-written by Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone.

“Creed II” sees Adonis Creed’s boxing career take a deeply personal turn after he is challenged to a match by Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago, the man who killed Adonis’ father during a match in “Rocky IV” and who was later defeated by Rocky. Blinded by rage, Adonis accepts the challenge with a reluctant Rocky in his corner.

Also Read: New ‘Creed II’ Trailer: Michael B Jordan Takes on the Fight of His Life (Video)

Jordan, Stallone, Tessa Thompson, and Phylicia Rashad return from the original film, with Dolph Lundgren reprising his role as Ivan Drago and Florian Munteanu joining as Viktor. Milo Ventimiglia also joins the cast as Rocky’s estranged son, Robert Balboa, Jr.

Also in play on Thanksgiving are Lionsgate’s “Robin Hood” and Universal’s awards contender “Green Book,” which, respectively, are projected to open in the high teens and the high single-digit range. “Robin Hood,” which stars Taron Egerton in a retelling of the famous Sherwood Forest rogue, might find itself squeezed out by “Creed II” among moviegoers looking for a film with thrills during the holiday.

“Green Book,” meanwhile, will open on Wednesday and look to build word-of-mouth over the five-day weekend. The film won the audience prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was praised by critics as a crowd-pleasing story of jazz maestro Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his unlikely friendship with the gregarious Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) as the latter chauffeurs him through his tour of Jim Crow South. Peter Farrelly directs the film, which has a 93 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes from early reviews.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Can ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rock the Box Office Despite Tepid Reviews?

Domestic Box Office Hits $12 Billion Within a Year for First Time Ever

Amber Heard’s Big-Time Bomb: ‘London Fields’ Suffers 2nd Worst Wide Box Office Debut of All Time