The US Thanksgiving long weekend is the traditional start to the Christmas movie season and, once again, Walt Disney dominated. COCO, the latest from Pixar, topped the chart with a five day total of $71.2 million. That, coupled with an A+ Cinemascore, pretty much guarantees this will play right until January on a large number of screens.
JUSTICE LEAGUE was featured in several major news pieces over the past few days, most speculating that the film which was supposed to truly launch the DC Universe may end up being a money loser for Warner Brothers to the tune of $50-$100 million. It grossed an additional $59.6 million over the five day.
Lionsgate’s sleeper WONDER continued to be just that, nabbing third place with $32.2 million and $70 million to date. That was enough to top THOR: RAGNAROK, which added another $25 million to its coffers for 4th. The final spot in the top 5 went to DADDY’S HOME 2 with $18.6 million.
Less commercial titles had varying results. Sony’s expansion of the Denzel Washington vehicle ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ did a so-so $6.2 million for 9th spot, while Fox Searchlight’s THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI brought in $5.85 million on 614 screens. LADY BIRD dropped out of the top 10, but continues to do quite well, adding an additional $5.37 million. STX Entertainment’s THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS brought in a limp $1.8 million on 626 screens, justifying the company’s cautious release plans.
Some more specialty titles (including Guillermo Del Toro’s much anticipated THE SHAPE OF WATER) bow next weekend, but things are fairly quiet in terms of wide releases until the middle of December, with STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI hitting theatres on December 15th. As of this writing, Ridley Scott’s ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, currently undergoing hurried reshoots to replace Kevin Spacey, is still scheduled to open on December 22nd.
Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.