With Tuesday’s ticket sales, “The Grinch” joins the company of “Despicable Me 2,” Despicable Me 3,” “Minions,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and “Sing” as Illumination’s sixth film to cross the half-billion mark. It also nabbed the distinction as the highest-grossing holiday film, passing the record previously set by “Home Alone” with $476 million.
All that green is even sweeter considering the studio shelled out $75 million before accounting for marketing costs. Not to mention all the ancillary goodies — from Ihop’s neon green pancakes to Pez dispensers featuring the ogre-like character — that come from making a family-friendly film. “The Grinch” was ubiquitous.
“The Grinch” has generated $270 million in North America and $228 million internationally, making