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'Coco' dominates the Thanksgiving box office leftovers

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COCO (Photo: Disney/Pixar)

Weekend Box Office December 1-3, 2017

Coco” will be our box office champion for the second week in a row. Pixar’s newest film, the story of a young boy who travels to the Land of the Dead to learn about his family’s connection to music, is expected to finish the weekend with $26 million. That will lift its domestic total to$108.6 million. Worldwide the film has earned $279.9 million.

In second place is "Justice League” with $16.5 million, the maligned action film is closing in on $200 million domestically. Unfortunately for Warner Bros., that’s another 60 percent drop that suggest the film might struggle to hit $250 million domestically. Worldwide the film the film is performing better, but, having just hit $550 million worldwide, it is likely to finish behind the $668 million that 2013’s “Man of Steel” finished with. Keep in mind, “Wonder Woman” finished with $821.7 million worldwide and $412.5 of that came from North America alone. No one would have comfortably predicted that “Justice League” would fall short of $700 million. It is certainly possible that the international numbers

Third place goes to the inspiring “Wonder” with $12.5 million. That pushes the $20-million film close to $90 million. It’s a total that no one was expecting. Based on the book by R.J. Palacio, “Wonder” tells the story of a boy born with facial deformities that attends public school for the first time after years of being home schooled. While some critics found the film to be too sentimental and forced, I felt that the movie earned the tears it took from me.

Thor: Ragnarok” continues its impressive run with $9 million for the weekend. Marvel’s latest addition to their cinematic franchise will finish the weekend with nearly $290 million domestically. The film has currently sits at $816.4 million worldwide. “Thor: The Dark World” finished with $644.5 million in 2013 and “Thor” managed only $449 million in 2011. There are two factors at work here. The first is that “Ragnarok” has been almost universally welcomed as the best of the Thor trilogy. Second, the popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is unprecedented. There certainly have been stumbles along the way, but Marvel Studio’s willingness to slowly build their cinematic universe has proven to be extremely effective.

In fourth place is “Daddy’s Home 2” with $7.5 million. Nearly $83 million domestically and over $100 million worldwide. The problem here is that the film cost nearly $70 million to make. The original film finished with $242.7 million. I’d be extremely surprised if the sequel’s worldwide box office matches the $150 million that the first film made in North America alone.

Other notable totals as we head into the Oscar push include “Murder on the Orient Express” posted $6.7 million for a $84 million domestic total; “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” snatched up $4.5 million for a $13.6 million domestic total; “Lady Bird” continued to post impressive numbers with $4.5 million for an early domestic total of $17 million; “The Disaster Artist” earned $1.5 million from 19 theaters and Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” opened in two theaters for a weekend total of $167,000. That might not seem all that impressive, but compare its $84, 500 per theater average to the $15,167 per theater average that “Coco” posted last week en route its finishing in first place and the picture becomes a little clearer. This week “Coco” averaged $6,550.