With families coming together for Thanksgiving break, Disney managed to win the box office with a perfectly-timed film.
Debuting in the top spot, as expected, is Coco (read our review). The latest from Pixar brought in $49 million over the Friday-Sunday period, and $71.1 million for its five-day start (it opened on Wednesday, November 22), capitalizing on the positive buzz and strong word-of-mouth. The animation giant has long been a sizable commercial draw, and that was most definitely the case this weekend. Coco fared much better than Pixar’s last Thanksgiving release – 2015’s The Good Dinosaur ($55.4 million) – meaning it is poised to be another major hit for the studio.
Coco is in a strong position to hold well until Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in the middle of December. The next two weeks are very light on wide releases, with nothing directly challenging Pixar’s target demographic. The critical and audience reception will certainly help the film’s prospects moving forward, since it’s an appealing option and represents the cross-generational storytelling Pixar is best known for. This is a movie children and adults alike will want to see, and while Coco may not go down as their biggest smash, it’s undeniably a success.
Coming in second is last week’s champ, Justice League, which fell 56.6 percent from its underwhelming debut to gross $40.7 million in its second weekend. That’s honestly a nice hold for a film that’s proven to be so divisive and maligned; it’s a marked improvement from Batman V Superman, which declined by a whopping 69.1 percent in its second weekend last year. To date, it’s brought in $171.5 million domestically and $481.3 million worldwide, inching closer to the magic $600 million mark it must hit to earn all of its money back. It still has a long way to go, but Justice League may not be as bad a flop as some might have thought following a disastrous opening.
In third is Wonder with $22.3 million. The family film has now made $69.4 million in the States.
Coming in fourth is Thor: Ragnarok, which made $16.7 million in its third weekend. Marvel’s latest blockbuster is now up to $277.4 million domestically.
Rounding out the top five is Daddy’s Home 2 with $13.2 million, raising the comedy’s sequel domestic total to $72.6 million.
The #7 movie is The Star. The animated retelling of the classic Nativity story earned $6.8 million in its second weekend and now stands at $22 million domestically.
A Bad Moms Christmas comes in eighth with $5 million. The comedy sequel is now up to $59.7 million in the States.
Expanding nationwide to 1,669 theaters, Roman J. Israel, Esq. (read our review) earned $4.5 million over the weekend. Despite the star power of Denzel Washington in the lead role, the film was plagued by a mixed response that didn’t do it any favors in terms of the box office. The legal drama needed to garner widespread acclaim in order to stand out amongst the larger films that were playing, and it came up short. After opening earlier in the month in limited release, it’s made $6.2 million domestically.
Capping off the top ten is Oscar hopeful Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (read our review), which added hundreds more theaters to its count and earned $4.4 million over the weekend. The dark comedy/drama is now up to $7.6 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, November 27 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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