“Coco” re­peats as box of­fice win­ner with $26.1 mil­lion

Tehran Times - - ART & CULTURE -

LOS AN­GE­LES (Va­ri­ety.com) — Dis­ney-Pixar’s an­i­mated com­edy “Coco” eas­ily re­peated as the win­ner of the North Amer­i­can box of­fice with a solid $26.1 mil­lion at 3,987 lo­ca­tions dur­ing a mod­er­ate week­end.

The third week­end of Warner Bros.-DC En­ter­tain­ment’s “Jus­tice League” fin­ished sec­ond with $16.7 mil­lion at 3,820 sites, with the su­per­hero tent­pole drop­ping 60%.

Lion­s­gate’s “Won­der” con­tin­ued to per­form well with $12.5 mil­lion at 3,449 venues to come in third fol­lowed by Dis­ney-Mar­vel’s fifth frame of “Thor: Rag­narok” with $9.7 mil­lion at

3,148 sites, the fourth week­end of Para­mount’s “Daddy’s Home

2” with $7 mil­lion at 3,403 venues and Fox’s fourth week­end of “Mur­der on the Orient Ex­press” with $6.7 mil­lion at 3,201 screens.

Awards con­tenders “Lady Bird” and “Three Bill­boards Out­side Ebbing, Mis­souri” tied for sev­enth place with $4.5 mil­lion each.

A24’s “Lady Bird” ex­panded by 403 sites to 1,194 and Fox Search­light’s “Three Bill­boards” dou­bled its run to 1,430 screens.

The ma­jor stu­dios opted to rely on holdovers dur­ing the ses­sion and held off on any wide open­ings. A24 gen­er­ated strong per­for­mance from its lim­ited launch of James Franco’s “The Dis­as­ter Artist” with

$1.2 mil­lion at 19 lo­ca­tions for a $64,254 per screen av­er­age. Fox Search­light’s “The Shape of Wa­ter” saw an im­pres­sive $166,800 at two the­aters and Woody Allen’s “Won­der Wheel” de­buted with a solid $140,555 at five sites through Ama­zon.

Sony Clas­sics’ sec­ond week­end of “Call Me By Your Name” posted a stel­lar $281,280 at four screens for a 10-day to­tal of

$908,175. It won best fea­ture at the Gotham In­de­pen­dent Film Awards on Nov. 27.

“Coco” has now taken in $108.7 mil­lion in its first 12 days fol­low­ing a 47% de­cline from its open­ing. The film, based on the tra­di­tions sur­round­ing the Day of the Dead hol­i­day in Mex­ico, cen­ters on a 12-year-old boy who dreams of be­com­ing a mu­si­cian. The film has been em­braced by crit­ics with a 97% score on Rot­ten Toma­toes. Dis­ney’s “Moana” per­formed slightly bet­ter dur­ing the same pe­riod last year with $119.8 mil­lion af­ter 12 days.

The stu­dio has not re­leased a price for “Coco.” Dis­ney-Pixar ti­tles are usu­ally bud­geted in the $175 mil­lion to $200 mil­lion range.

“Jus­tice League” has fin­ished its first 17 days with $197.3 mil­lion do­mes­ti­cally. The movie, which teams up the DC char­ac­ters in the same man­ner as Dis­ney-Mar­vel’s su­per­heroes, is the 10th high­est-gross­ing ti­tle re­leased in 2017. It’s been the low­est per­former among the five films in the DC Ex­tended Uni­verse, with “Won­der Woman” gross­ing $275.1 mil­lion in its first 17 days in June and “Sui­cide Squad” tak­ing in $262.4 mil­lion in its first 17 days last year.

Gal Gadot stars as Won­der Woman along with Ben Af­fleck as Bat­man, Henry Cav­ill as Su­per­man, Ja­son Mo­moa as Aqua­man, Ezra Miller as the Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cy­borg as the su­per­heroes team up to save the world. Warner Bros. has not dis­closed the pro­duc­tion cost, which is be­lieved to be as much as $300 mil­lion.

“Jus­tice League” also grossed $35.7 mil­lion on ap­prox­i­mately 20,375 screens in 66 in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, bring­ing the over­seas to­tal to $370.1 mil­lion and the global to­tal $567.4 mil­lion.

Over­all do­mes­tic moviego­ing to­taled $104 mil­lion, up $8 mil­lion from the same frame in 2016 and the big­gest post-Thanks­giv­ing week­end in five years, ac­cord­ing to comS­core.

“The big­gest post-thanks­giv­ing week­end since 2012 proves that there was no need for a wide re­lease new­comer to drive large num­bers of movie­go­ers to the mul­ti­plex that is al­ready chock full of ap­peal­ing ti­tles from both the block­buster side of the ledger and awards sea­son fa­vorites,” said Paul Der­garabe­dian, se­nior me­dia an­a­lyst with comS­core.

Year-to-date do­mes­tic box of­fice is down 3.9% to $9.86 bil­lion as of Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to comS­core. Even with a block­buster per­for­mance by Dis­ney-Lu­cas­film’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which opens Dec. 15, the fi­nal 2017 box of­fice num­ber is likely to fin­ish at least 2% down at the end of the year.

(Reuters/David McNew)

(L-R) Direc­tor Lee Unkrich, An­thony Gon­za­lez, who plays the voice of Miguel, co-direc­tor/screen­writer Adrian Molina and pro­ducer Darla K. An­der­son at­tends Dis­ney-Pixar’s U.S. pre­miere of “Coco” in the Hol­ly­wood sec­tion of Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia, U.S. Novem­ber 8, 2017.

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