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411 Box Office Report: Coco Reigns For Third Week, Justice League #2 Again

December 10, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Coco and Justice League held onto the top two spots at the box office for the third straight weekend. The Pixar film brought in $18.3 million in its third frame, down a very good 34% from last weekend. The film is experiencing equal holds to last year’s Moana, which fell the same percentage in its third weekend. Coco is currently sitting at $135.5 million domestically and $389.5 million worldwide and still looking at a probably $215 million to $220 million domestic final. With a $175 million budget, this one will be another winner for Pixar.

Meanwhile, Justice League stuck at #2 in its fourth weekend with $9.6 million. The DCEU team-up film has brought its totals to $212.1 million domestically and $613.4 million worldwide. As we’ve noted in past weeks, the film is certainly a disappointment for Warner Bros., particularly when you consider the $300 million budget. That said, it seems likely for around $250 million to $255 million and in terms of worldwide gross, it should be able to hit the $700 million mark that is its reported break-even point.

Family drama Wonder continues to excel, off just 30% in its fourth weekend to $8.5 million. The Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson-starring film now has $100.3 million domestically and $129.6 million, already an enormous hit on a $20 million budget. The film should make it to somewhere in the $125 million range by the end of its domestic run.

James Franco’s latest film stuck the landing, as The Disaster Artist expanded semi-wide to 840 theaters and brought in $6.4 million. That’s a great start for this indy film from A24, which dramatizes the making of Tommy Wiseau’s infamous 2003 film The Room. The film is riding a wave of great word of mouth; it sits at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. It awards attention that the dramedy is getting can’t hurt either, with award nominations from the Critics’ Choice Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, National Board of Review and more. A24 is sure to expand this one as award season continues, and it could make it to over $30 million or higher if it continues to rack up nominations. The budget was $10 million.

Thor: Ragnarok slipped 36% in its sixth weekend to $6.3 million. The Marvel Cinematic Universe film has now grossed $301.2 million domestically and $833.4 million worldwide. Domestically it is still on par for $315 million, making it another hit for Marvel. It had a $180 million budget.

Daddy’s Home 2 had a great hold this weekend, bringing in $6 million for a mere 21% drop. The comedy sequel is now has $91.2 million domestically and $142.4 million worldwide. It is aiming for $110 million domestically and is a profitable venture on a $69 million budget.

Murder on the Orient Express also held on nicely with a 25% drop in its fifth weekend, scoring $5.1 million. The Agatha Christie adaptation has brought in $92.7 million and $274.7 million worldwide on a budget of just $55 million. Domestically is looking strong for $110 million.

Animated film The Star is showing legs as the holiday gets closer, down just 10% to $3.7 million in its fourth weekend. The film is no hit but appears likely to be slightly profitable with $32.3 million domestically and $36.9 million worldwide on a $20 million budget. It should make it to $40 million domestically.

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird was down just 17%, garnering $3.5 million. The Saoirse Ronan-starring film now has $22.3 million thus far and should continue to hold on nicely as it picks up award nominations. It’s another money-maker for A24 on its $10 million budget.

The sole new release of the weekend, Just Getting Started, was a dud. The Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones-starring film massively underperformed even modest expectations with just $3.2 million. There’s no upside for this Broad Green Pictures release, which had little promotion and is disliked by both critics (9% on RT) and audiences (an ugly C CinemaScore). This film may not even make it to $12 million. With a $22 million budget, this is a flop.

All movies make way next weekend as Star Wars: The Last Jedi will destory the box office. The eighth film in the Star Wars “Saga” franchise should open in the $200 million range. Opening as counter-programming is the John Cena voice-starring Ferdinand, which should make its way to the low to mid $20 million range.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Domestic Numbers)
1. Coco – $18.3 million ($135.5 million total)
2. Justice League – $9.6 million ($212.1 million total)
3. Wonder – $8.5 million ($100.3 million total)
4. The Disaster Artist – $6.4 million ($6.4 million total)
5. Thor: Ragnarok – $6.3 million ($301.2 million total)
6. Daddy’s Home 2 – $6 million ($91.2 million total)
7. Murder on the Orient Express – $5.1 million ($92.7 million total)
8. The Star – $3.7 million ($32.3 million total)
9. Lady Bird – $3.5 million ($22.3 million total)
10. Just Getting Started – $3.2 million ($3.2 million total)