'Coco' scores big over Thanksgiving weekend


Disney struck gold over the holidays with Pixar release Coco, which topped the box office with $71.2 million over the five-day weekend ($49 million three-day total). Positive reviews and an A+ CinemaScore, not to mention the looming holidays (hey, gotta take the kids to something), means this one should have a relatively solid hold over the coming weeks, likely eventually surpassing the domestic cume of Disney-Pixar’s other 2017 release, Cars 3.

As far as new releases are concerned, Coco pretty much had the weekend to itself. Last week’s top four films all shifted down a spot: Justice League (five-day gross $59.6 million, three-day gross $40.7 million, total gross $171.5 million), Wonder (five-day gross $32.2 million, three-day gross $22.3 million, total gross $69.4 million), Thor: Ragnarok (five-day gross $25 million, three-day gross $16.7 million, total gross $227.4 million) and Daddy’s Home 2 (five-day gross $18.6 million, three-day gross $13.2 million, total gross $72.6 million). Justice League dropped just shy of 57% between its first and second weekends, which is right in the middle of the pack as far as the DC Extended Universe is concerned. Wonder, meanwhile, is proving to be quite the little powerhouse, dropping only 19% from its opening last weekend.

At the high end of the specialty release pack, at least as far as theatre count is concerned, we have The Man Who Invented Christmas, opening on 626 screens to a five-day cume of $1.8 million (three-day $1.3 million). Awards hopefuls Call Me By Your Name and Darkest Hour opened on four screens apiece, earning (three-day) $404,874 and $176,000, respectively; both films will expand to additional markets over the coming weeks. Expanding from specialty release this weekend were Roman J. Israel, Esq. (three-day gross $4.5 million on 1,669 screens, total gross $6.2 million); Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (three-day gross $4.4 million on 614 screens, total gross $7.6 million); and Lady Bird (three-day gross $4 million on 791 screens, total gross $10.7 million).

Also new to theaters in specialty release was ChinaLion’s Explosion, which bowed to $63,000 (three-day) on 33 screens.