This weekend wasn’t particularly kind to the sole new movie in wide release. However, it was quite lucrative for all the other movies out there, both the limited releases and the holdovers. But these smaller movies better enjoy the success while they have it because ‘Star Wars’ will arrive this week and it’s bound to leave a wake of destruction.
For the third consecutive week, Disney/Pixar’s ‘Coco‘ topped the box office. Falling just 34%, it earned another $18.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $135.5 million. The family film continues to play strong internationally as well. It added $55.3 million to its overseas box office, which has climbed up to $254 million. With a worldwide total of $389.5 million, it surpassed Pixar’s other 2017 title, ‘Cars 3’.
Although it saw the steepest decline (42%) of any title in the Top 10, ‘Justice League‘ retained its #2 rank by narrowly beating out ‘Wonder’, which is also in its fourth week. ‘Justice League’ made $9.5 million and now sits with a domestic total of $212 million. Internationally, it grossed $15.4 million and crossed the $400 million mark. Globally, DC’s latest misfire has collected $613.3 million.
Third-place holdover ‘Wonder‘ brought in $8.4 million and crossed over the $100 million milestone. The $20 million underdog has also been received very well overseas, where it now has $29.3 million. I certainly didn’t expect to see the movie’s worldwide box office get up to $129.6 million, but the small film has certainly taken root.
After a stellar weekend in limited release, A24 expanded ‘The Disaster Artist‘ to 840 screens. The decision resulted in $6.4 million and a fourth place finish. In addition to the $8 million domestic total, the well-crafted $10 million comedy earned $1.7 million from three international markets. James Franco’s excellent film has grossed $9.7 million worldwide. With the domestic release expanding again this weekend and many more foreign markets to come, its success has only just begun.
Six-week-old ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘ rounded out the Top 5 with $6.2 million and crossed the domestic $300 million mark. It stands at $301.1 million, to be precise. With a foreign total up to $532 million, the superhero sequel has $833 million worldwide, outgrossing ‘Wonder Woman’ ($821.8 million).
The only wide release newcomer of the weekend, ‘Just Getting Started‘, had trouble getting started at all. It couldn’t crack the Top 5 and barely managed to make it into the Top 10. Playing on 2,161 screens, it pulled just $3.1 million, a measly $1,472 per-screen average and a tenth place debut. With a budget of $22 million, this is an undeniable flop.
Neon released ‘I, Tonya‘ on four screens and saw great results. The comedic drama scored $245,602, for a per-screen average of $61,401. Despite the strong opening, word is that the film won’t expand widely until January.
1. ‘Coco’ (Buena Vista) – $18,303,000
2. ‘Justice League’ (Warner Bros.) – $9,595,000
3. ‘Wonder’ (Lionsgate) – $8,450,000
4. ‘The Disaster Artist’ (A24) – $6,435,514
5. ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ (Buena Vista) – $6,291,000
6. ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ (Paramount) – $6,000,000
7. ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Fox) – $5,100,000
8. ‘The Star’ (Sony) – $3,675,000
9. ‘Lady Bird’ (A24) – $3,547,469
10. ‘Just Getting Started’ (Broad Green) – $3,181,568
Mr. Hickman, Cars 3 did just fine since it’s 383M worldwide on the 175M budget.
Weeeeell, not really, because a movie needs a 2,5x multiplier to break-even.
Also, $383 million is down considerably from both of the first two Cars movies. Cars 2 did $560 million worldwide. I’m sure Cars 3 will wind up being profitable after video, especially when you factor in merchandising revenue (little kids looooove Cars merch), but the movie was definitely considered an underperformer in theaters.
A cult movie!