Weekend box office: Coco stays strong

The weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally a wasted weekend for Hollywood and I’ve never understood why.  Like most years, there was no wide studio release this weekend, paving the way for COCO to keep its hold on the #1 spot.  I think studios are missing an opportunity in this time slot, especially for a bigger awards chasing type of movie or maybe even a smaller holiday film.  This would have been a good year to test that theory out since none of the major Thanksgiving releases dominated.  The lack of competition did help out some awards movies, most notably THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (click the link to read our review) and LADY BIRD, the latter of which just won best picture from the New York Film Critics.  But even with the LADY BIRD victory, we still don’t have an Oscar front-runner, so some of the smaller films are still struggling to find an audience.

Next week is a weekend for some awards chasers.  First up is Guillermo del Toro’s THE SHAPE OF WATER, which has gotten great reviews but it’s definitely not for everyone.  Then there’s I, TONYA, which is surprisingly great, but again, not for everyone given the conflicting tones.  Finally, there’s JUST GETTING STARTED, which feels like the kind of movie Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo and Tommy Lee Jones won’t talk about as they reflect on their careers.  It should be another easy win for COCO as we all get ready for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, which is poised to break records and dominate the box office for several weeks to come.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Coco $27.6m

2. Justice League $17.1m

3. Wonder $14.1m

4. Thor: Ragnarok $9.2m

5. Murder on the Orient Express $7.6m

6. Daddy’s Home 2 $7.5m

7. The Star $4.5m

8. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri $4.4m

9. Lady Bird $3.9m

10. A Bad Mom’s Christmas $3.4m

(Deadline)

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