Box Office Report :: December 8 – 10

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With no major wide releases over the past weekend, we didn’t really expect much action among the Top Six films, but one movie did surprise in its second week of release by shooting up to the Top Five. And while there was one wide release this week, it seemed to come out of nowhere and struggled to make a dent in the Top Ten.

The Top Three films from last weekend did hold steady with Coco once again in the top spot with $18.4 million. Its three week domestic total stands at $135.6 million, putting it on par with last year’s Moana which went on to earn $248.7 million domestically and $643.4 million globally. And as Moana gave up the Number 1 spot in its fourth week to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Coco will do the same for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi this coming week. Coco added another $55.3 million from international markets to bring its global total to $390 million.

At Number 2 in its fourth week, Justice League lassoed another $9.6 million, down just 42% from the previous weekend, bringing its domestic total to $212.1 million. In foreign markets the film crossed the $400 million mark and its global total stands at $614.7 million. With these numbers, Warner Bros. is the first studio to cross the $2 billion mark in 2017 thanks to its other global hits Wonder Woman, It and Dunkirk.

In third place, Wonder earned $8.4 million which took it just over the $100 million mark domestically. Internationally, the film has earned $29.3 million (with two weeks at Number 1 in Australia).

Thor: Ragnarok got displaced from the Number 4 spot by James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, which added 821 screen to it opening 19. The film earned $6.3 million which works out to a $7,579 per screen average. Number 1 Coco, on 3,748 screens had a $4,923 average. But don’t feel bad for Thor. With the weekend’s $6.2 million, the film crossed the $300 million mark domestically — the tenth Marvel film to hit that milestone — and has earned a global total of $833.7 million, putting it ahead of Wonder Woman ($821.8 million) and in seventh place for the year just behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($863.6 million).

The senior citizen comedy Just Getting Started barely got started with $3.2 million, good for tenth place. The buzzy Margot Robbie comedy I, Tonya debuted on four screens and earned $264,155, good for Number 19 and a $66,039 per screen average. The Shape of Water bumped up its screens from 2 to 41 and saw a 584% increase in its fortunes, earning $1.1 million ($27,843 average) moving up seven spots to Number 13.

As for the holiday themed movies, the animated The Star added 154 screens and dropped just 9%, moving up one spot to Number 8 with $3.7 million. Unfortunately, the holiday cheer couldn’t keep A Bad Moms Christmas in the Top Ten long enough to actually celebrate Christmas, dropping two spots to Number 12 this week with $2.5 million. Still, the $28 million comedy has a domestic total of $68.7 million. The Man Who Invented Christmas added 46 screens (720 total) but still dropped 19%, landing at Number 16 with $715,801.

As we mentioned previously the weekend of December 15 will see the wide release of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, and 20th Century Fox will try to counter-program against it with the animated Ferdinand. The question is how will Ferdinand affect Coco? Stay tuned.

Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of December 8.

1. [1] –3Coco – $18,452,315 [$135,658,005] – ★★★

2. [2] –4Justice League – $9,664,297 [$212,129,668] – ★★✩

3. [3] –4Wonder – $8,447,762 [ $100,300,868]

4. [12] –2The Disaster Artist – $6,366,242 [$7,963,017] – ★★★

5. [4] –6Thor: Ragnarok – $6,271,374 [$301,136,438] – ★★★

6. [5] –5Daddy’s Home 2 – $5,919,337 [$91,078,796]

7. [6] –5Murder on the Orient Express – $5,162,331 [$92,769,846] – ★★✩

8. [9] –4The Star – $3,707,087 [$32,311,133]

9. [8] –6Lady Bird – $3,451,822 [$22,235,491]

10. [N] –1Just Getting Started – $3,201,459 [NEW]

[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. HOTCHKA review  |  Source: Box Office Mojo

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