Weekend Actuals: ‘Coco’ Sings w/ $50.8M/$72.9M 3-Day/5-Day, ‘Justice League’ Holds w/ $41.0M/$60.0M

'Wonder' a Wonder w/ $22.3M/$32.2M

Monday Update:

Coco is whistling a happy tune, coming in above its Sunday estimate with a confirmed $50.8 million debut.

Counting the Wednesday and Thursday of the Thanksgiving holiday, the animated offering from Disney/Pixar posted a five-day opening of $72.9 million.

That fell short of the top 10 Thanksgiving grosses of all time, ranking at #11.

However, it did start 31 percent above Pixar’s last Thanksgiving release The Good Dinosaur from 2015, and also earned more through its first five days than Pixar’s summer offering Cars 3 earned through its first six.

 

 

Last weekend’s leader Justice League came in second place but fell dramatically, dropping 56 percent while no other film in the top 10 fell more than 30 percent.

The film took in $41.0 million for the three-day, $60.0 million for the five-day — down a bit from its Sunday estimate.

On the plus side, the film did exhibit a better second-weekend hold than Batman v. Superman: Dawn of JusticeMan of Steel, or Suicide Squad.

Several titles also did great in limited release, led by Call Me By Your Name which earned the top per-theater average of the entire year.

Starting on only four theaters, the film from Sony Pictures Classics earned a $103,233 average, the best since La La Land‘s $176,221 average in December of last year.

Comparisons:

The top 10 films this weekend earned a total $178.4 million over the three-day. That’s down 7 percent from last weekend, but up 22 percent over the same weekend last year.

Year-to-date box office is down 4.1 percent from last year, which sounds bad but actually continues a noticeable improvement over the past few weeks.

In fact, following this year’s historically low-performing summer, -4.1 percent is actually the best the year-to-date box office comparison has stood since -4.3 percent in early August.

The full table of weekend actuals is at bottom, after our Sunday update featuring fuller numbers and analysis.

— written by Jesse Rifkin


Sunday Update:

Coco sang loud and clear at the box office this weekend, bringing in $49 million over the three-day frame and $71 million since its opening on Wednesday. That was more than good enough for a No. 1 finish, though it fell a bit short of last year’s Moana, which debuted to $55.5 million over the three-day frame and $81.1 million over the five-day frame last Thanksgiving. That said, it improved upon the performance of Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, which opened to $39.1 million over the three-day and $55.5 million over the five-day over Thanksgiving weekend 2015.

Coco‘s stellar reviews were undoubtedly a factor in its success this weekend. Perhaps even better, it rated an A+ Cinemascore from audiences, which bodes well for the animated effort’s long-term playability through the holiday season. In the record books, it now ranks as the fourth biggest Thanksgiving opening ever, behind only Frozen ($94 million), Moana ($82 million) and Toy Story 3 ($80 million). Demographically, Coco‘s audience this weekend was 53% female, 73% families, and 36% under the age of 12.

Running a reasonably close second was Warner Bros.’ Justice League, which took in $40.7 million over the three-day frame and $62.8 million since Wednesday. The superhero team-up film demonstrated a good hold after its weaker-than-expected $93 million debut last weekend. The film’s 57% drop is an improvement over several previous DCEU titles including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (69%) and Suicide Squad (67%). Wonder Woman remains the champ in that department, however, with a drop of just 43% in its second weekend. While much was made of the Justice League’s sub-$100 million debut last weekend, the hold was more solid than expected.

In third place, Lionsgate’s Wonder continued to impress, grossing $22.3 million over three days and $32.2 million over five days, giving it a stellar total of $69.4 million in its first ten days. That represents a drop of just 19% from last weekend’s three-day total. The YA adaptation’s box office run thus far has shades of The Blind Side‘s performance back in 2009, though it probably won’t reach the heights of that Oscar-winning Sandra Bullock drama, which crossed $100 million by the same period and $255 million domestically by the end of its theatrical run.

In fourth, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok grossed another added another $24.3 million to its already-phenomenal total ($16.8 million over the three-day frame), giving it a phenomenal $277.5 million in North America thus far. Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express, meanwhile, finished in fifth place, grossing $13 million over the three-day frame and $18.6 million over five days. The $55 million thriller has been a hit with adult audiences this season, and should finish north of $100 million domestically when all is said and done.

Further down the chart, Daddy’s Home 2 came in sixth in its third week, adding another $13.2 million to its coffers (and $18.6 million since Wednesday) for a domestic total of $72.6 million. Sony’s faith-based animated comedy The Star nabbed another $6.8 million in its second weekend (and $9.5 million over the five-day frame), performing strongly enough with faith-based audiences to register despite Coco’s gargantuan presence in the marketplace.

In eighth place, Denzel Washington starrer Roman J. Israel, Esq. grossed $4.5 million in its wide expansion ($6.2 million since Wednesday), for a so-so per-theater average of $2,705 in 1,669 locations. Elsewhere, A Bad Moms Christmas banked $5.01 million over the three-day frame ($6.77 five-day) for a domestic total of $59.7 million after four weeks.

Check back here again on Monday for the weekend actuals numbers, plus further analysis.

Limited releases:

Sony Classics’ freshman drama Call Me By Your Name took in a whopping $404,874 in just four theaters over the weekend, launched by almost-universally rapturous reviews. Starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, the film enjoyed an impressive $101,000-plus per-screen average, and with strong Oscar buzz its long-term prospects are encouraging.

Focus Features’ Darkest Hour, in which a nearly-unrecognizable Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill during the early days of WWII, also had a strong debut, grossing $248,000 in four theaters. That was good for a per-theater average of $62,000, boosted by strong reviews and strong Oscar buzz, particularly for Oldman’s lead performance.

Critical favorite Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri enjoyed a successful expansion, cracking the Top 10 with $4.4 million over three days and $5.8 million over five days. That gave it a solid per-theater average of $9,924 in 590 locations, which bodes well for further expansions in the coming weeks.

A24’s Lady Bird continued to pull impressive numbers in its fourth week in theaters, grossing another $4 million over the three-day frame (good for a per-theater average of $5,110) and $5.3 million since Wednesday.

Bleecker Street’s The Man Who Invented Christmas starring Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer finished its opening frame with a so-so $1.79 million since opening on Wednesday ($1.34 million three-day) in 626 theaters.

Overseas update:

Coco pulled in another $30.7 million internationally over the three-day period, including a strong $18.2 million debut in China. Additionally, it crossed the $50 million mark in Mexico over the weekend, adding another $2.2 million to its coffers in a historic run there.

Justice League continued to top international markets in its second frame, grossing $72.2 million in 66 markets. That brought its overseas total to $309.8 million and its worldwide cume to $481.3 million.

Thor: Ragnarok crossed $500 million internationally this weekend after bringing in another $11 million in overseas markets. Its global total is closing in on $800 million after five weeks.

– written by Chris Eggertsen


Monday’s 3-Day Weekend Actuals for Friday, November 24 – Sunday, November 26, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Coco $50,802,605 3,987 $12,742 $72,908,930 1 Disney
2 Justice League $41,090,491 -56% 4,051 0 $10,143 $171,903,874 2 Warner Bros.
3 Wonder (2017) $22,674,238 -18% 3,172 76 $7,148 $69,807,297 2 Lionsgate
4 Thor: Ragnarok $16,863,294 -22% 3,281 -779 $5,140 $277,650,571 4 Disney
5 Daddy’s Home 2 $13,217,419 -8% 3,518 -57 $3,757 $72,636,870 3 Paramount
6 Murder on the Orient Express (2017) $13,170,932 -5% 3,152 -202 $4,179 $74,364,192 3 Fox
7 The Star $6,930,919 -29% 2,837 0 $2,443 $22,088,115 2 Sony / Columbia
8 A Bad Moms Christmas $4,895,568 -30% 2,306 -642 $2,123 $59,645,610 4 STX Entertainment
9 Roman J. Israel, Esq. $4,447,070 7073% 1,669 1665 $2,665 $6,201,114 2 Sony Pictures

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri $4,403,003 299% 614 561 $7,171 $7,614,532 7 Fox Searchlight
2 Lady Bird $4,057,559 61% 791 553 $5,130 $10,726,097 4 A24
3 The Man Who Invented Christmas $1,353,298 626 $2,162 $1,809,024 1 Bleecker Street
4 Blade Runner 2049 $541,078 -14% 434 -32 $1,247 $90,201,869 8 Warner Bros.
5 Jigsaw $371,110 -66% 383 -818 $969 $37,267,847 5 Lionsgate
6 The Florida Project $298,745 0% 164 -53 $1,822 $4,743,560 8 A24
7 Loving Vincent $272,370 -33% 147 -65 $1,853 $5,157,116 10 Good Deed Entertainment
8 Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween $186,310 -60% 248 -470 $751 $47,029,442 6 Lionsgate
9 It (2017) $186,141 24% 231 -1 $806 $327,186,179 12 Warner Bros. / New Line
10 The LEGO Ninjago Movie $183,543 -28% 292 -163 $629 $59,254,467 10 Warner Bros.
11 Geostorm $148,064 -64% 165 -337 $897 $32,965,557 6 Warner Bros.
12 Let There Be Light $131,340 -64% 199 -343 $660 $7,030,940 5 Atlas
13 Victoria & Abdul $122,445 -44% 144 -113 $850 $21,900,215 10 Focus Features
14 Despicable Me 3 $117,685 -6% 161 -11 $731 $264,394,615 22 Universal
15 Kingsman: The Golden Circle $110,893 -38% 173 -98 $641 $99,943,530 10 Fox
16 The Mountain Between Us $96,251 -15% 167 -70 $576 $29,832,053 8 20th Century Fox
17 Only The Brave $95,814 -60% 134 -229 $715 $17,856,353 6 Sony Pictures
18 Novitiate $82,257 30% 120 59 $685 $373,438 5 Sony Pictures Classics
19 The Foreigner $69,941 -64% 104 -146 $673 $34,112,460 7 STX Entertainment
20 American Made $68,490 -56% 108 -114 $634 $51,207,880 9 Universal
21 Happy Death Day $67,700 -70% 131 -296 $517 $55,571,030 7 Universal / Blumhouse
22 Marshall $60,371 -56% 111 -164 $544 $8,881,134 7 Open Road
23 My Little Pony: The Movie $37,511 -71% 119 -180 $315 $21,818,587 8 Lionsgate

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Call Me by Your Name $412,932 4 $103,233 $412,932 1 Sony Pictures Classics
2 Darkest Hour $175,006 4 $43,752 $246,761 1 Focus Features
3 Last Flag Flying $158,680 30% 98 39 $1,619 $654,384 4 Lionsgate
4 My Friend Dahmer $141,319 -13% 75 0 $1,884 $728,432 4 FilmRise
5 The Square $113,334 3% 60 -3 $1,889 $804,336 5 Magnolia Pictures
6 Jane $83,212 -30% 51 -33 $1,632 $1,168,130 6 Abramorama
7 The Killing of a Sacred Deer $68,381 -64% 59 -131 $1,159 $2,114,293 6 A24
8 Explosion $55,307 33 $1,676 $55,307 1 China Lion Film
9 A Question Of Faith $34,061 -16% 37 9 $921 $2,559,342 9 Pure Flix Entertainment
10 God’s Own Country $31,062 -8% 12 1 $2,589 $207,365 5 Orion Pictures / Samuel Goldwyn Films
11 The Breadwinner $27,050 56% 9 6 $3,006 $53,598 2 GKIDS
12 1945 $26,823 68% 5 2 $5,365 $114,568 4 Menemsha Films
13 LBJ $25,545 -72% 33 -102 $774 $2,419,149 4 Electric Entertainment
14 Leap! $21,807 -53% 68 -32 $321 $21,848,699 14 The Weinstein Company
15 Battle of the Sexes $20,526 -42% 27 -19 $760 $12,588,912 10 Fox Searchlight
16 Same Kind of Different as Me $16,211 -64% 41 -61 $395 $78,894 6 Pure Flix Entertainment
17 Spider-Man: Homecoming $16,200 -44% 37 -40 $438 $334,198,153 21 Sony / Columbia
18 Faces Places $14,955 -37% 14 2 $1,068 $495,746 8 Cohen Media Group
19 The Emoji Movie $14,599 -59% 51 -50 $286 $86,087,381 18 Sony / Columbia
20 Wonderstruck $14,560 -74% 32 -82 $455 $1,016,022 6 Roadside / Amazon
21 Goodbye Christopher Robin $14,048 -67% 29 -49 $484 $1,692,888 7 Fox Searchlight
22 Thelma $12,960 52% 12 9 $1,080 $41,053 3 The Orchard
23 Tom of Finland $12,248 122% 8 3 $1,531 $205,167 7 Kino Lorber
24 Human Flow $11,558 -36% 11 -10 $1,051 $469,584 7 Amazon Studios
25 Lucky $7,965 -56% 12 -16 $664 $938,192 9 Magnolia
26 The Passion of Joan of Arc $6,408 1 $6,408 $6,408 1 Janus
27 Wind River $6,323 -53% 15 -25 $422 $33,795,194 17 The Weinstein Company
28 On the Beach at Night Alone $5,139 -32% 3 1 $1,713 $19,540 2 Cinema Guild
29 The Crime of Monsieur Lange $5,122 -47% 2 1 $2,561 $23,787 2 Rialto Pictures
30 The Stray $4,082 -38% 8 -11 $510 $1,572,875 8 Purdie Distribution
31 Stronger $3,668 -55% 8 -6 $459 $4,194,369 10 Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
32 Blade of the Immortal $3,253 -53% 11 -1 $296 $126,592 4 Magnolia
33 Chavela $3,073 1009% 2 0 $1,537 $136,540 8 Music Box Films
34 Breathe $3,034 -38% 2 -17 $1,517 $482,428 7 Bleeker Street
35 Porto $2,631 26% 2 1 $1,316 $10,016 2 Kino Lorber
36 Rebels On Pointe $2,238 -32% 3 1 $746 $8,565 2 Icarus Films
37 War for the Planet of the Apes $2,036 -73% 15 -5 $136 $146,878,766 20 Fox
38 Aida’s Secrets $1,813 24% 3 -1 $604 $75,854 6 Music Box Films
39 BPM (Beats Per Minute) $1,558 -81% 7 -13 $223 $79,215 6 The Orchard
40 Sweet Virginia $1,513 -71% 8 7 $189 $8,398 2 IFC Films
41 Il Boom $939 -35% 2 1 $470 $57,308 24 Rialto Pictures
42 Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards $469 2 $235 $59,378 11 Music Box Films
43 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House $403 -90% 1 -3 $403 $767,945 9 Sony Pictures Classics
44 Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World $351 -91% 1 -2 $351 $223,787 18 Kino Lorber
45 The Paris Opera $186 -81% 1 -1 $186 $47,760 6 Film Movement
46 Friend Request $87 -76% 1 -1 $87 $3,759,014 10 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
47 Félicité $41 1 $41 $6,722 5 Strand Releasing

Sunday’s 3-Day Studio Weekend Estimates for Friday, November 24 – Sunday, November 26, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Coco $49,022,000 3,987 $12,295 $71,195,000 1 Disney
2 Justice League $40,730,000 -57% 4,051 0 $10,054 $171,547,000 2 Warner Bros.
3 Wonder (2017) $22,300,000 -19% 3,172 76 $7,030 $69,440,202 2 Lionsgate
4 Thor: Ragnarok $16,791,000 -23% 3,281 -779 $5,118 $277,468,394 4 Disney
5 Daddy’s Home 2 $13,250,000 -8% 3,518 -57 $3,766 $72,662,166 3 Paramount
6 Murder on the Orient Express (2017) $13,000,000 -6% 3,152 -202 $4,124 $74,246,517 3 Fox
7 The Star $6,875,000 -30% 2,837 0 $2,423 $22,030,988 2 Sony / Columbia
8 A Bad Moms Christmas $5,010,000 -28% 2,306 -642 $2,173 $59,754,557 4 STX Entertainment
9 Roman J. Israel, Esq. $4,515,000 7182% 1,648 1644 $2,740 $6,274,277 2 Sony Pictures

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri $4,400,000 299% 614 561 $7,166 $7,624,070 7 Fox Searchlight
2 Lady Bird $4,041,733 61% 791 553 $5,110 $10,702,821 4 A24
3 The Man Who Invented Christmas $1,343,284 626 $2,146 $1,795,608 1 Bleecker Street
4 Jigsaw $380,000 -65% 383 -818 $992 $37,292,414 5 Lionsgate
5 The Florida Project $298,745 0% 164 -53 $1,822 $4,743,560 8 A24
6 Loving Vincent $263,123 -35% 147 -65 $1,790 $5,147,869 10 Good Deed Entertainment
7 Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween $195,000 -59% 248 -470 $786 $47,040,197 6 Lionsgate
8 Despicable Me 3 $111,000 -11% 161 -11 $689 $264,386,470 22 Universal
9 Kingsman: The Golden Circle $108,000 -39% 173 -98 $624 $99,941,557 10 Fox
10 The Mountain Between Us $94,000 -17% 167 -70 $563 $29,830,040 8 20th Century Fox
11 Novitiate $76,526 21% 120 59 $638 $367,707 5 Sony Pictures Classics
12 Happy Death Day $65,000 -71% 131 -296 $496 $55,563,915 7 Universal / Blumhouse
13 American Made $65,000 -58% 108 -114 $602 $51,202,680 9 Universal
14 The Foreigner $62,000 -68% 104 -146 $596 $34,117,522 7 STX Entertainment
15 Marshall $61,569 -55% 111 -164 $555 $8,882,332 7 Open Road
16 My Little Pony: The Movie $36,000 -72% 119 -180 $303 $21,818,449 8 Lionsgate

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Call Me by Your Name $404,874 4 $101,219 $404,874 1 Sony Pictures Classics
2 Darkest Hour $248,000 4 $62,000 $319,000 1 Focus Features
3 Last Flag Flying $185,000 51% 98 39 $1,888 $679,792 4 Lionsgate
4 My Friend Dahmer $155,000 -5% 75 0 $2,067 $742,113 4 FilmRise
5 Jane $83,337 -30% 51 -33 $1,634 $1,168,255 6 Abramorama
6 The Killing of a Sacred Deer $65,278 -65% 59 -131 $1,106 $2,111,190 6 A24
7 Explosion $63,000 33 $1,909 $63,000 1 China Lion Film
8 Thelma $20,993 146% 12 9 $1,749 $49,136 3 The Orchard
9 Leap! $20,975 -54% 68 -32 $308 $21,847,867 14 The Weinstein Company
10 The Breadwinner $18,064 4% 8 5 $2,258 $44,612 2 GKIDS
11 Faces Places $13,733 -43% 10 -2 $1,373 $494,485 8 Cohen Media Group
12 Wind River $6,468 -52% 15 -25 $431 $33,795,339 17 The Weinstein Company
13 BPM (Beats Per Minute) $1,748 -79% 7 -13 $250 $79,405 6 The Orchard
14 Bad Grandmas $1,175 -80% 3 -3 $392 $1,175 4 Parade Deck Films
15 Friend Request $162 -55% 1 -1 $162 $3,759,089 10 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
Boxoffice Staff

3 Comments

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    Kent November 26, 2017

    Given the holiday weekend and the strong holds of the other top 10 movies, I wouldn’t consider a 57% drop for JL a success or even comparable to drops of WW and SS – both of which had non-holiday 2nd weekends (June 9, 2017 and Aug 12, 2016 respectively). With that in mind, I would expect JL’s 3rd weekend to drop over 60% and to ultimately struggle to complete its US run with $250M.

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    Mike November 26, 2017

    “The film’s 57% drop is an improvement over several previous DCEU titles…” Yeah, except this weekend the Friday was a holiday. All the other holdovers had drops of 30% or less. Nothing for Warners to cheer about.

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      Richard November 27, 2017

      Exactly a 57% drop would be perfectly fine for a second weekend without the holiday boost so this is not good. One site said it was just about a worse case scenario for WB . Thor pulled in 57m with a 53% drop without a holiday boost other drops in the top 10 were 6-30 percent range, JLA even for a blockbuster should have had a drop no higher than in the 30’s. Fantastic Beasts last year on this weekend pulled in more money its second weekend off a smaller debut, so in no way was this a more solid hold than expected .

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