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Weekend Wrap-Up: Coco is Cream of the Crop with $50.80 / $72.91 million

November 28th, 2017


Coco gave Disney yet another reason to be thankful for Thanksgiving weekend. It topped the chart, to give the studio 10 of the 11 biggest Thanksgiving openings of all time. Meanwhile, Justice League fell a little bit faster than expected, and $250 million domestically might be out of reach. It depends on how well it holds onto its theater count when The Last Jedi opens. Overall, the box office fell 5.2% from last weekend to $189 million. This is 2.4% higher than the same weekend last year. Granted, that’s not enough to deal with inflation, but at this point, I’m willing to use any excuse to celebrate. Year-to-date, 2017 was able to close the gap with 2016, but is still behind 4.1% with $9.53 billion to $9.95 billion.

Coco beat expectations by a tiny amount at $50.80 / $72.91 million. This is lower than Moana’s pace; however, Coco earned slightly better average reviews at 8.1 out of 10 compared to 7.9 out of ten, and a slight better CinemaScore at A plus to A. This should give it better legs and that might be enough to catch up in the end. Even if it doesn’t, it is slightly ahead of Moana’s pace internationally, so worldwide it looks like the two films will have nearly identical results.

Justice League wasn’t able to avoid a 50% decline falling $41.09 million over the three-day weekend for a five-date total of $60.00 million. The film has pulled in $171.90 million after just 10 days of release and there is no wide release this week and likely none the week after, so it could have better than average legs. Or its reviews could tank its word of mouth and the lack of competition won't matter. We will know more this time next week.

Wonder earned $22.67 million / $32.62 million over the weekend for a total of $69.81 million after two. The film should continue to do well throughout the holidays and could still be in wide release at the beginning of 2018.

Thor: Ragnarok managed to pull in $16.86 million / $24.44 million for a four-week total of $277.65 million. This is already more than a lot of people were expecting the film to finish with domestically. Add in the film’s international numbers and its has likely already broken even.

There were two films that could lay claim to fifth place. Daddy’s Home 2 just managed fifth place with $13.22 million / $18.61 million for a three-week total of $72.64 million. Murder on the Orient Express was right behind with $13.17 million / $18.73 million over the weekend for a total $74.36 million after three weeks of release.

Roman J. Israel, Esq expanded into the top ten, barely, with $4.45 million / $6.13 million over the weekend for a total of $6.20 million including its limited release run. Its theater average is low enough that it won’t be able to add many new theaters, while its mixed reviews and B from CinemaScore suggest its legs won’t be great.

- Weekend Box Office Chart

- Coco Comparisons

Filed under: Weekend Wrap-up, Coco, Justice League, Wonder, Thor: Ragnarok, Murder on the Orient Express, Daddy’s Home 2, Roman J. Israel, Esq.