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January 28, 2019

Apple is reportedly in the early stages of planning a video game subscription service.

A service from Apple that "would function like Netflix for games" is in the works, Cheddar reports. While specific details, including a price point as well as what kinds of games would be included, remain unclear, the service would offer a "bundled list of titles," and Apple evidently began to speak with developers about it last year.

Additionally, Cheddar notes that Apple has "discussed partnering with developers as a publisher," a move that may "signal Apple's ambition to assume distribution, marketing, and other related costs for select games."

If this pans out, Apple would only be the latest company to jump into the subscription gaming pool. Microsoft, for instance, offers Xbox Games Pass, which allows users to access a library of games for $9.99 a month. There are also services like Utomik, which was pitched as "Netflix for games" when it launched.

Apple is already preparing a television subscription service to directly compete with Netflix, as well a reported news subscription service that would bundle various newspapers and magazines together; as The Verge reports, Apple purchased a service last year referred to as the "Netflix of magazines." None of these services have launch dates set. Brendan Morrow

November 26, 2018

Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet one-upped the competition with a strong Thanksgiving weekend debut.

The Wreck-It Ralph sequel took in a total of $84.5 million over the five-day weekend, enough to make it the second-best Thanksgiving debut of all time. It came in behind Frozen's $93 million but ahead of Moana's $82 million, per Box Office Mojo. This performance beat expectations, as early projections had the animated film making closer to $70 million for the weekend. Ralph's Friday-to-Sunday total was $55 million, ahead of the original Wreck-it Ralph's $49 million opening.

Creed II also had a spectacular debut with a five-day haul of $55.8 million. The Rocky spinoff beat its predecessor's Thanksgiving weekend gross by $13 million, making it the best Thanksgiving weekend opening for a non-Disney film. Thanks to both Ralph and Creed II, this was the biggest Thanksgiving weekend at the box office ever, and the first time the weekend's total gross across all films crossed $300 million, per Entertainment Weekly.

But the record-breaking haul was no thanks to Lionsgate's Robin Hood, which took in just $14.2 million over the five-day stretch. The film reportedly had a budget of nearly $100 million, making this one of the biggest bombs of the year. Brendan Morrow

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