Audiences Go Cuckoo for Coco


Leave it to a movie about dead people to inject a little life into the box office.

Coco, Pixar Studio’s latest visual feast, carved up the box office over the Thanksgiving weekend, gobbling an estimated $49 million over the traditional three-day frame. Throw in Wednesday night and Thanksgiving Day, and Pixar stuffed about $71.2 million into its coffers. Yes indeed, Pixar had plenty to be thankful for.

Granted, it’s not exactly news that a Disney/Pixar flick would stand atop the Thanksgiving box office. According to Box Office Mojo, the top nine Turkey Day holiday grosses belong to either Disney or Pixar. Coco stands fourth in that esteemed honor roll, trailing Frozen ($67.4 million), Toy Story 2 ($57.4 million) and Moana ($56.6 million).

Justice League, last week’s champ, had to settle for Thanksgiving leftovers. The maligned superhero flick slipped to second with $40.7 million. But lest you feel too bad for our caped crusaders, Justice League has earned $171.5 million in North America during its run—more than most of us earned over the last 10 days. Oh, and toss in the $309.8 million it’s grabbed overseas, and the movie’s total tally stands at $481.3 million. Warner Bros. could probably stomach a few more “flops” like that.

Let’s leave Wonder Woman now and talk about Wonder, a touching family film that held up well in its second weekend and earned $22.3 million for third. Thor: Ragnarok could not best the sweet little boy in a space helmet, so the superhero flick settled for a fourth-place, $16.8 million weekend.

Daddy’s Home 2 closes out the box office’s top five with $13.3 million, beating out Murder on the Orient Express by the width of a knife. (Murder earned a lucky $13 million and slid to sixth.)

Outside the top five, we’re seeing awards season heating up, with several hopefuls either entering the fray or expanding their runs. Roman J. Israel, Esq. expanded from four theaters to 1,669. It collected $4.5 million to finish ninth, edging out the also-expanding angry drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (10th place, $4.4 million) and the coming-of-age dramedy Lady Bird (11th place, $4 million). Call Me By Your Name and Darkest Hour both opened in four theaters, collecting $405,000 and $176,000, respectively.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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