Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday's Headlines - Weekend Box Office

The animated family film Coco has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre-Star Wars: The Last Jedi weekend in theaters.

Disney estimated Sunday that Pixar's Day of the Dead-themed hit added $18.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $135.5 million.

The weekend's sole new wide release was the Morgan Freeman film Just Getting Started, which launched to a meager $3.2 million and barely made the top 10.

Most studios have chosen to avoid competing against The Last Jedi, which is expected to dominate theaters and moviegoer attention when it opens Friday (theaters will start showing it Thursday night).
Thus, most of the charts have looked quite similar for the past few weeks. DC Films' superhero ensemble movie Justice League took second place with $9.6 million. The sleeper hit Wonder, starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay, passed $100 million, placing third with $8.5 million.

This quiet period before Star Wars has allowed some of the indie and prestige titles to thrive in limited releases and expansions, like James Franco's The Disaster Artist. The film, about the making of one of the worst films of all time, The Room, expanded to 840 locations in its second weekend in theaters. It managed to bring in $6.4 million, landing it in fourth place.