'Coco' Threepeats, 'Disaster Artist' Soars and WB Tops $2 Billion
by Brad Brevet
December 10, 2017
Disney and Pixar's Coco topped the weekend box office for the third week in a row. In fact, the only shake-up in the weekend top five compared to the last two weeks is to see A24's The Disaster Artist landing in fourth position as it expanded into 840 theaters this weekend following its strong limited bow last week. As for the weekend's only new wide release, Broad Green's release of Just Getting Started struggled to finish over $3 million, barely eking into the top ten.
With an estimated $18.6 million, Disney and Pixar's Coco topped the weekend box office as its domestic gross climbs to $135.5 million domestically. While the film's opening weekend was closer to that of 2010's Tangled, it has since started playing closer to Disney's Moana, which also topped the weekend box office for three straight weeks last year following its Thanksgiving debut prior to ceding the #1 spot to Rogue One. Coco will do the same next weekend as Disney unleashes Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Internationally, Coco added an estimated $55.3 million from 35 markets bringing the film's international cume to $254 million for a global tally reaching an estimated $390 million.
WB and DC's Justice League finished in second place once again, dropping 42% and delivering an estimated $9.5 million as its cume now climbs to $212 million domestically. The film also added an estimated $15.4 million internationally this weekend as it crossed $400 million overseas and now tops $600 million worldwide.
Of additional note, Warner Bros. became the first studio in 2017 to cross the $2 billion mark at the domestic box office. Overall, 2017 is shaping up to be the second best year in the studio's history domestically, while its worldwide performance is shaping up to be WB's best ever after it recently topped $5 billion at the global marketplace led by releases such as Wonder Woman, It, Justice League and Dunkirk.
In third, Lionsgate's Wonder delivered an estimated $8.45 million, which pushes its domestic cume over $100 million. Wonder also added $11.4 million internationally this weekend from 56 markets bringing its international cume to $29.3 million, which includes a second weekend at #1 in Australia where it has so far grossed $4.4 million.
Fourth position is where we find A24's The Disaster Artist, which delivered an impressive $6.4 million from 840 locations, pushing the film's ten-day cume just over $8 million. A24 reports exit polling remained strong for the second straight weekend in a row as the film will continue to expand nationwide over the coming weeks.
The Disaster Artist is also underway internationally where it added $1 million this weekend from three markets, led by the UK with $915k after a limited opening last weekend and $744k in Australia, which also saw a limited debut last weekend.
Disney and Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok rounds out the top five with an estimated $6.29 million becoming the tenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to top $300 million domestically. Internationally, Ragnarok added a little over $3 million this weekend for an overseas total that now stands at $532 million for a global cume topping $833 million, which puts it ahead of Wonder Woman ($821.8m) and seventh for the year behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($863.6m).
Elsewhere in the top ten, A24's Lady Bird continues its strong run, dropping just 17.3% and delivering an estimated $3.5 million for the weekend. The film's domestic cume now stands at $22.3 million as it enters its sixth week in release.
It isn't until tenth position where we find the week's only new wide release, Broad Green's Just Getting Started. Industry expectations heading into the weekend were for a debut in the mid-single digits and even that appears to have been too optimistic as the $22 million production could only manage an estimated $3.18 million from 2,161 locations. The film received a "C" CinemaScore and critical opinion isn't much better as it currently holds a score of 21 on Metacritic.
Falling just outside the top ten is Fox Searchlight's The Shape of Water, which expanded to 41 theaters this weekend (+39) and delivered an estimated $1.1 million. The film from Guillermo del Toro led the Critics Choice Awards nominations with 14 this past week and will continue to expand over the coming weeks. Next weekend it should add around 25 new markets bringing its theaters count between 150-200 theaters followed by a wider expansion on December 22 to 700-800 theaters.
In limited release this weekend, Neon debuted I, Tonya into four theaters where the film delivered an estimated $245,602 for an average of $61,400 per theater. The film will remain in four theaters next weekend with eyes on a wider expansion after the new year.
Next weekend sees the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi into ~4,100 theaters and looking to become only the fourth film to ever open over $200 million domestically while Fox is hoping their animated feature Ferdinand serves as a sought after alternative for families.
You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.
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