The Thanksgiving holiday weekend was a feast for Hollywood with no real turkeys in the Top Ten. Leading the pack was Disney/Pixar’s delightful Coco which earned $50.8 million domestically Friday-Sunday. The film opened Wednesday to stellar reviews and earned a five day total of $72.9 million. Those figures make Coco the studios’ fourth largest Thanksgiving weekend and five-day opening ever, with Disney now having nine of the top ten Thanksgiving openings on record (New Line’s Four Christmases is the lone non-Disney film in the bunch).
Internationally, Coco has already been doing big business. The film opened in Mexico at the end of October and is now the country’s highest grossing film ever. This weekend’s China debut clocked in at $18.2 million, the country’s second highest Disney/Pixar opening behind Zootopia. The film’s international total stands at $82.3 million giving it a global take of $155.2 million.
Three other new releases did well outside of the Top Ten. At number 21, Darkest Hour opened on four screens and earned $175,006, a per screen average of $43,752. At Number 12, The Man Who Invented Christmas brought in $1.3 million ($2,162 per screen). The big news of the weekend though was the Number 14 opening for Call Me By Your Name on just four screens. The film earned $412,932 — a record setting $103,233 per screen, the highest per screen average of the year.
Many films also performed well over the holiday weekend. Roman J. Israel, Esq. expanded to 1,669 screens in its second weekend, up from its opening four, and saw its fortunes increase by a whopping 7,073%, moving up from Number 37 to Number 9 with $4.44 million. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri added 561 screens for a total of 614 and earned a 299.5% increase, but dropped one spot to Number 10 with $4.40 million. Lady Bird added 553 screens for a total of 791 and saw a 61% increase but still fell three spots to Number 11 with $4 million.
In its second week, Justice League saw an expected 56% drop, falling to Number 2 with a $41 million three-day total and $59.6 million over five days giving it a domestic total of $171.9 million. Internationally, the film has earned $311 million for a global $482.9 million total. Wonder added 76 screens and dropped just 18%, moving down one spot to Number 3 with $22.6 million and a domestic two week total of $69.8 million.
Thor: Ragnarok dropped just 22% in its fourth week, moving down one to Number 4 with $16.8 million and a domestic total of $277.6 million. Its cumulative worldwide total stands at $791.5 million. The film is now the tenth largest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The two films in the Top Ten with the smallest drops this weekend were Daddy’s Home 2 at Number 5 with $13.2 million (-8%), and Murder on the Orient Express at Number 6 with $13.1 million (-5%). Both films have now surpassed their budgets domestically — $72.6 million and $74.3 million respectively — with Orient Express picking up $122.9 million in foreign markets for a global total of $197.2 million against a $55 million budget (interestingly, the modern day comedy Daddy’s Home 2 had a budget of $69 million — guess Mel Gibson doesn’t come cheaply).
The coming December 1 weekend won’t have any wide releases to shake up the Top Ten, but until we know how many screens The Disaster Artist, The Shape of Water and Wonder Wheel are on, we won’t know where these titles will fall on the chart in or out of the Top Ten.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of November 24.
3.  –2– Wonder – $22,674,238 [$69,807,297]
5.  –3– Daddy’s Home 2 – $13,217,419 [$72,636,870]
7.  –2– The Star – $6,930,919 [$22,088,115]
9.  –2– Roman J. Israel, Esq. – $4,447,070 [$6,201,114]
10.  –3– Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – $4,403,003 [$7,614,532]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo