Coco: Disney-Pixar Animation Dominates Box-Office

Coco, made by Disney-Pixar, continued to make magic in its second weekend, grossing a strong $26.1 million for a 10-day North American total of $108.7 million. It also topped the foreign chart with $69 million for an early foreign tally of $171.3 million and $280 million globally, including a stellar $75.6 million in China. The Disney empire scored a second major victory as Thor: Ragnorak hammered past the $800 million mark globally, finishing Sunday with $816.4 million in worldwide ticket sales.

Justice League followed in second place domestically with $16.6 million for a North American total of $197.3 million. The superhero mashup, with a current global total of $567.4 million, doesn’t appear to have much chance of catching up with Thor.

Wonder, placing third in North America, continued to wow with $12.5 million for a total $88 million. Thor followed with $9.7 million, while Daddy’s Home 2 rounded out the top five with $7.5 million for a total $82.8 million.

Overall, revenue was up nearly 6 percent over the same weekend a year ago. Helping to fuel the uptick were a number of specialty titles either opening to strong numbers, or doing impressive holdover business.

Lady Bird (A24) and Three Billboards, Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight), both expanding into more than 1,000 theaters, tied for seventh place with $4.5 million each. The order will be determined Monday morning. Lady Bird has now earned $17.1 million domestically, while Three Billboards‘ tally is $13.7 million.

James Franco’s The Disaster Artist made strong impression in its debut in 19 theaters, grossing $1.2 million for a screen average of $64,254, becoming one of only six films opening in more than 10 theaters to post a screen average of $60,000 or more.

The critically acclaimed film, from A24, recounts the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 movie The Room, considered one of the worst movies ever made. In addition to directing, Franco stars as Wiseau. David Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson and Jacki Weaver co-star. Opening in two theaters in June 2003, The Room earned all of roughly $1,200. The film subsequently became a cult favorite for being so awful.

The Disaster Artist began its life at New Line, but A24 took over the film domestically. Warner Bros./New Line still, however, has a piece of the film and is handling it overseas.

Guillermo del Toro and Searchlight’s The Shape of Water opened to $166,800 in two theaters in New York for a promising location average of $83,400, the top average of the frame. Set during the Cold War, the adult fairy tale stars Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaner at a U.S. government aerospace facility who bonds with an amphibious creature. The cast also features Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer.

Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel the first Amazon Studios movie distributed directly into theaters by the giant streamer, wasn’t so lucky.

Starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, the period piece debuted to $140,555 in five theaters for a muted per screen average of $28,111. As a way of comparison, Allen’s last film, Cafe Society, earned $359,289 from five theaters for an average of $71,858.

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