Pixar’s COCO retained the #1 spot for the third weekend in a row. Of course, this was not a surprise given that there was only one new wide release and it was not widely publicized. That lack of new competition will change in a big way during the next frame when STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI bows on over 4000 screens and will likely dominate the box office for the next 3-4 weeks.
COCO added $18.6 million to its domestic take, which is now just under $136 million and about $390 million worldwide. JUSTICE LEAGUE was second with $9.5 million. The movie has now passed the $200 million mark at home, plus another $400 million overseas, but remains a disappointment for Warner Brothers. Articles from several different industry sources, including Variety, speculated this week that the studio will announce a major shake-up in their DC films creative team in an attempt to course correct.
Lionsgate’s WONDER continued to be the sleeper success of the fall season, adding $8.5 million for third. A24 successfully expanded THE DISASTER ARTIST to 840 screens and earned $6.4 million. This suggests that the picture may have sufficient legs to play throughout the holidays, though it is not clear yet whether it will expand much wider, given the intense competition for screens in the coming weeks.
Another A24 success, LADY BIRD, continued to score with audiences, grossing $3.5 million for the sixth spot. Neon’s I, TONYA also impressed in limited release, netting $246,000 on only four screens.
The stiff of the weekend was also its only wide opening. JUST GETTING STARTED, from the struggling Broad Green Pictures, grossed a miserable $3.2 million. Audiences gave it a “C” Cinemascore and the critics who bothered to review it were almost uniformly negative, so this one will be a distant memory by the time January rolls around.
Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.