Thanksgiving is long gone. But at the movies, we’re still dealing with leftovers.
With Hollywood pivoting toward awards season, no major movies were released wide this week, leaving the box-office field in the domain of long-in-the-tooth holdovers. Indeed, the top five was a complete clone of last week’s.
Coco topped the weekend’s box-office tourney, collecting $26.1 million and bringing its total North American tally to $108.7 million. Add another $171 million from overseas, and Coco is giving Disney and Pixar something to sing about.
In second, Justice League gathered another $16.6 million to its marbled halls—perhaps not quite enough to buy Wonder Woman an invisible jet, but certainly enough to keep the Batmobile in unleaded for a while. Justice League’s total domestic tally now stands at a batarang under $200 million—$197.3 million, to be precise—and it’s now 10th among the year’s highest-grossing movies.
Wonder spent a second straight week at No. 3, banking a reasonably wonder-ful $12.5 million. It beat out Thor: Ragnarok ($9.7 million), which naturally settled for Thorth—er, fourth. Daddy’s Home 2 closed out the top five with $7.5 million.
The entertainment industry is always interested in how much money a movie makes at the box office, of course. But we’re also starting to see some awards hopefuls land in a few theaters here and there, prepping for their Oscar runs. Two Oscarbait flicks, Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, finished in a dead head for seventh place, both earning about $4.5 million. (Early estimates have Lady Bird with an ever-so-slight lead.)
The Disaster Artist opened in just 19 theaters, but still finished in the top 12 with $1.2 million. That’s a sky-high $64,254-per-theater average, in case you’re curious. (For the sake of comparison, Coco’s per-theater average was $6,550, about a tenth of The Disaster Artist.) But even that per-theater average looked pretty soggy compared to that of The Shape of Water. Sure, this merman-woman love story finished 19th with a mere $166,800—but it opened in just two theaters. Two! Do the math, and each one of those theaters banked $83,400.
Wonder Wheel, Woody Allen’s newest flick, finished 20th, just behind The Shape of Water, with $140,555 in five theaters.