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Movie sequels are having their own Thanksgiving feast at the box office and fuelling record industry-wide grosses for the long weekend.

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ and ‘Creed 2’ took the top two spots on the North American charts, beat the openings for the original films and helped the five-day Thanksgiving box office totals cross the $300 million (Dh1.1 billion) mark for the first time ever.

Studios on Sunday said Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ sequel earned an estimated $55.7 million over the three-day weekend and $84.5 million since its Wednesday opening to take first place and become one of the biggest Thanksgiving openings of all time.

Its five-day Thanksgiving grosses are the third highest of all time, behind ‘Frozen’ and ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire.’

The film sees the return of the vocal talents of John C Reilly and Sarah Silverman, and it scored with audiences and critics.

“We’re very thankful for this weekend,” said Cathleen Taff, who oversees Disney’s theatrical distribution. “It was a fantastic start and a great way to kick off the holiday season.”

The Rocky spinoff ‘Creed 2,’ starring Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, placed second with $35.3 million from the weekend and $55.8 million since Wednesday, far surpassing the first film’s Thanksgiving debut in 2015. The sequel directed by Steven Caple Jr has Jordan’s Adonis Creed fighting the son of Ivan Drago.

“This is a timeless franchise for us at MGM, and it’s a thrill to see both its legacy and new generation of audiences continue to respond to Rocky Balboa and Adonis Creed in this time when we need uplifting stories,” Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM’s Motion Picture Group, said in a statement.

Third place went to Illumination Entertainment’s ‘Dr Seuss’ The Grinch,’ which earned $30.2 million in its second weekend, and just barely beat out the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel, ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ ($29.7 million) which is also in weekend two.

There was little left at the table for the latest version of ‘Robin Hood,’ starring Taron Egerton. The poorly reviewed pic from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment grossed only $9.1 million over the weekend and $14.2 million in its first five days in theatres against a reported production budget of nearly $100 million.