Weekend box office: Coco wins the Thanksgiving weekend

COCO taking the top spot at the weekend box office shouldn’t be much of a surprise given Pixar’s track record, but JUSTICE LEAGUE coming in a close second should create a bit more discussion.  The film will flirt with $60 million for the long holiday weekend, which isn’t necessarily great for such a big budget film, but in the case of JUSTICE LEAGUE, it’s pretty impressive.  The film has obviously picked up steam since it’s opening weekend blunder and I wonder how much of the film’s audience is under the “train wreck” effect in that they just have to see if it’s as bad as everyone says it is.  I doubt the executives at WB care one way or the other.  The other surprise of the holiday weekend is WONDER (click the link to read our review), which continues it’s impressive turn with over $30 million.   Meanwhile, the early Oscar favorite THREE BILLBOARDS finished out the top ten with close to $6 million.

Next week is a bit of a wash as no one wants to compete with the Thanksgiving movies.  First up is Woody Allen’s WONDER WHEEL, which has an all-star cast but probably won’t make a dent at the box office.  Then there’s THE DISASTER ARTIST, which looks great and has gotten great reviews, but again, I can’t imagine it will do much during its theatrical run.  My guess is that COCO and JUSTICE LEAGUE will battle it out for the top spot again next weekend and I’ll give a slight edge to COCO, only because it’s a kids movie and there aren’t many options for the kiddos.  Note: the numbers below are for the 5 day holiday weekend and will be updated as they become final.

1. Coco $70.6m

2. Justice League $59.9m

3. Wonder $32.3m

4. Thor: Ragnarok $24.2m

5. Murder on the Orient Express $18.8m

6. Daddy’s Home 2 $18.5m

7. The Star $7.1m

8. A Bad Mom’s Christmas $6.4m

9. Roman J. Israel, Esz. $6.3m

10. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri $5.9m

(Deadline)

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