Specialty Titles Score in Calm Before the Christmas Storm

Monday , 4, December 2017 Leave a comment

Dave Franco (left) and James Franco in THE DISASTER ARTIST. Courtesy A24.

The majors offered up no new wide releases this weekend, which left plenty of room for the remaining films to draw more patrons. Pixar/Disney’s COCO repeated in the #1 spot, declining only 49% for a second frame take of $26.1 million. Warner’s JUSTICE LEAGUE continued to perform below expectations, dropping 60% for $16.5 million and a domestic take thus far of $197 million. Lionsgate’s WONDER continued to live up to its name, adding $12.5 million to a domestic tally that will cross the $100 million mark later this week. THOR: RAGNAROK continued along in week 5 with $9.7 million and $291.4 million and counting. DADDY’S HOME 2 rounded out the top 5 with $7.5 million and $83 million to date.

Also benefiting from the dearth of new multiplex fare were the specialty titles. LADY BIRD and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI continued to draw well, the widening release pattern paying off for both titles.

However, the big news came via the incredibly successful bow of THE DISASTER ARTIST. Originally financed by Warner Brothers/New Line, the movie was farmed out to A24 when WB wasn’t sure of how to market it. Well, the studio may well be regretting that decision given the high interest the movie has generated in the weeks prior to its release, and its opening numbers. The picture managed a $1.2 million opener and 12th place finish on only 19 screens nationwide. It will be expanding new weekend and looks like a solid contender in what will be a very busy Christmas.

Also drawing impressively was Fox Searchlight’s THE SHAPE OF WATER, which bowed with $167,000 on only two screens. A bit less impressive was Woody Allen’s WONDER WHEEL, the debut solo release from Amazon Studios, which brought in $141,000 on five screens. The 20th anniversary re-release of TITANIC did moderate business, grossing $415,000 on 87 screens.

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