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downsizing Box Office: Last Jedi, Jumanji Rule Christmas; Downsizing Bombs

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‘Downsizing’

‘The Post’ prospers, while the verdict is out on ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ and ‘The Greatest Showman.’ A holiday loser is ‘Father Figures.’

Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle are the biggest winners of the holiday box-office feast, while at the other end of the Christmas table Alexander Payne’s Downsizing and the R-rated Father Figures are fighting for scraps.

Moviegoing always dips on Christmas Eve, but traffic will pick up in earnest later on Monday once presents are unwrapped. The corridor between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day is the most lucrative stretch of the year. This year is especially important if the revenue gap at the domestic box office is to come in only 1 or 2 percent behind 2016’s record $11.4 billion.

Disney and Lucasfilm’s The Last Jedi grossed $100.7 million from 4,232 theaters for the long holiday weekend (Friday to Monday), pushing its domestic total to $397.3 million. Through Sunday, the film’s global haul is a mighty $745.5 million after earning another $75.1 million this weekend from 54 foreign markets, helping Disney jump the $6 billion mark at the global box office for the second time — a feat no other studio has accomplished.

Domestically, The Last Jedi is trailing Star Wars: The Force Awakens by nearly $175 million, but the true barometer will be where Last Jedi‘s gross stands at the end of New Year’s weekend. For the three-day weekend proper, the tentpole declined 67 percent, versus a mere 40 percent for Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the Dec. 25-27 weekend in 2016. Comparisons are complicated by Christmas Day falling on a Monday this year. Last year, Rogue One: A Star Wars story dipped 60 percent over the Dec. 23-25 weekend.

In a major win for Sony, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle overperformed in posting an impressive $67 million six-day debut from 3,765 theaters — it opened Wednesday alongside The Greatest Showman — to come in No. 2. The reboot, starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale, opens 22 years after the original Jumanji and launches a new franchise for Sony. The story follows three kids who are transported into the Jumanji video game where they become avatars.

“Every day of the run just gets better and better,” says Sony worldwide president of marketing and distribution Josh Greenstein. “If you are looking for holiday cheer, Jumanji is the movie for you. The body-swapping concept feels so fresh and funny.”

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle skewed male (56 percent), while a hearty 55 percent of the audience was under the age of 25, signaling its playing to families. Internationally, the movie also delighted, launching to $49.5 million from its first 27 markets, including a stellar debut of $10.1 million in the U.S. and $14.8 million across Asia, excluding China, where it has yet to open.

Targeting younger females, Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3 came in behind expectations with a four-day debut of $25.6 million after launching Friday in 3,447 theaters. The film succeeding in luring younger females; 69 percent of ticket buyers were female, while 57 were under the age of 25.

Overseas, Pitch Perfect 3 debuted to $9.8 million from its first markets for a global bow of $36.8 million through Monday. Regular franchise stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins all return in Pitch Perfect 3.

Placing No. 4 is Fox’s and Chernin’s The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman as circus impresario P.T. Barnum. The music-infused biographical drama likewise came in behind projections with a six-day debut of $18.6 million from 3,006 locations, including $14 million for the four-day weekend.

“We always wanted to open on Christmas Day. That’s when our target audience, older females, will become available,” says Fox domestic distribution president Chris Aronson, noting that Greatest Showman was originally set to unfurl  Dec. 25.

The Greatest Showman and The Last Jedi both sport an A CinemaScore, while Jumanji and Pitch Perfect 3 received an A-. Pitch Perfect 3, Downsizing and Father Figures opened Friday.

Marking filmmaker Alexander Payne’s most ambitious film to date, Downsizing grossed an estimated $7.3 million from 2,558 theaters in its four-day debut for a seventh place finish, slightly ahead of Sunday estimates and including $4.9 million for the three-day weekend. The previous regime at Paramount paid $70 million to make the R-rated satire, starring Matt Damon as an ordinary Midwestern man who decides to be shrunk to five inches tall in order to live like a king.

Hong Chau — who has earned a Golden Globe nom for performance — and Kristen Wiig co-star in the film, which was slapped with a problematic C CinemaScore. The movie skewed notably older, with 60 percent of ticket buyers over the age of 30 and is coming in as a rare box-office miss for Payne.

“This is an R-rated comedy that opened before Christmas, when a lot of adults weren’t available. Once Xmas day passes, that’s when I hope we start seeing good results,” Kyle Davies, Paramount’s distribution chief says.

Father Figures, from Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. is faring even worse. The male-skewing comedy bombed with a four-day debut of $4.9 million. The film, following two brothers who set out to find their biological father, stars Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J.K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Terry Bradshaw and Ving Rhames. It earned a B- CinemaScore.

Among other award contenders looking for attention, Focus Features’s The Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldham as Winston Churchill, commanded an impressive $5.4 million between Friday and Christmas Day after expanding into a total of 700 theaters Friday. The film beat Father Figures.

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, from Fox Searchlight and scoring seven top Golden Globe noms, the most of any film, expanding nicely, grossing $4.3 million million from 726 cinemas for the four days for a domestic total of $8.9 million.

A bright spot for Fox is Steven Spielberg’s The Post, which launched Friday in nine theaters. The awards hopeful looks to snag a hefty theater average of $92,222 in its four-day opening. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks star in the Pentagon Papers drama.

Today, three more films enter the fray; Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World, which opens nationwide, Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, which both debut in select theaters.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still the biggest box office draw in the galaxy. Disney and Lucasfilm’s space-fantasy sequel is poised to gross an estimated $100.7 million from 4,232 theaters in the U.S. and Canada over the long holiday weekend (Friday-Monday), holding off newcomers including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Pitch Perfect 3, and The Greatest Showman.

After notching the No. 2 domestic debut of all time last week, The Last Jedi is now looking at a domestic total of about $397.3 million through Christmas Day. Of that figure, $68.5 million comes from this weekend’s Friday-Sunday frame, which represents a steep (but bearable) drop-off of 69 percent from last week. The film is also on track to add about $75.1 million from foreign markets through Sunday, bringing its worldwide total to a whopping $745.4 million after 10 days in theaters.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick), The Last Jedi received excellent reviews from critics and an A CinemaScore from moviegoers (though it has polarized some Star Wars diehards). The film, which carries on the saga of intergalactic intrigue, features original Star Wars cast members Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher, as well as new-school stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and Kelly Marie Tran.

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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)
Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart star in JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE.

Sony’s Jumanji reboot is making a strong showing in second place, earning an estimated $47.5 million over the long weekend, or $34 million Friday-Sunday. That’s after taking in combined $16.6 million Wednesday and Thursday, its first two days of release.

Arriving 22 years after its predecessor, Welcome to the Jungle has garnered generally positive reviews and a decent A-minus CinemaScore. The Jake Kasdan-directed film updates the story of a magical board game come to life and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Kevin Hart.

Universal’s a cappella comedy Pitch Perfect 3 is also hitting the right notes, bowing to about $27 million through Christmas, or $20.5 million Friday-Sunday. Although movie critics have not been kind to the threequel, moviegoers gave it an A-minus CinemaScore.

Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, Hailee Steinfeld, and Anna Camp star in Pitch Perfect 3, which finds the Barden Bellas reuniting for a USO tour of Europe.

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Get ready to have a Merry Pitchmas. (L to R) Flo (CHRISSIE FIT), Aubrey (ANNA CAMP), Stacie (ALEXIS KNAPP), Chloe (BRITTANY SNOW), Beca (ANNA KENDRICK), Fat Amy (REBEL WILSON) and Cynthia Rose (ESTER DEAN) in “Pitch Perfect 3,” the follow-up to summer 2015’s blockbuster hit that took the honor of highest-grossing live-action movie-musical opening of all time. The eagerly awaited next chapter is led by series producers Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Max Handelman & Elizabeth Banks of Brownstone Productions. The film is directed by Trish Sie (“Step Up All In”).

Rounding out the top five are Fox’s Hugh Jackman-starring musical The Greatest Showman, which opened Wednesday and is on track for a so-so four-day weekend of about $13.6 million, and the same studio’s animated movie Ferdinand, which opened last week and will add about $9.2 million through Christmas.

Further down the list, Paramount and Alexander Payne’s shrinking satire Downsizing is poised for a soft $6.2 million four-day opening (good for No. 7), and Warner Bros’. new parental comedy Father Figures is on track for about $4.8 million (putting it in ninth place).

In limited release, Steven Spielberg’s well-reviewed journalism drama The Post (another Fox release) is set to take in about $720,000 in nine theaters through Monday, or $495,000 through Sunday. The latter figure works out to a robust per-theater average of $55,000.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 2.6 percent year-to-date. Check out the Dec. 22-24 figures below.

1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi — $68.5 million ($100.7 million four-day)
2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — $34 million ($47.5 million four-day)
3. Pitch Perfect 3 — $20.5 million ($27 million four-day)
4. The Greatest Showman — $8.6 million ($13.6 million four-day)
5. Ferdinand — $7.1 million ($9.2 million four-day)
6. Coco — $5.2 million ($7.4 million four-day)
7. Downsizing — $4.6 million ($6.2 million four-day)
8. Darkest Hour — $4.1 million ($5.9 million four-day)
9. Father Figures — $3.2 million ($4.8 million four-day)
10. The Shape of Water — $3.1 million ($4.3 million four-day)

the last jedi 2 tar Wars: The Last Jedi scores second highest opening ever with $220 million
Kelly Marie Tran is Rose and John Boyega is Finn in THE LAST JEDI.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a force to be reckoned with at the box office.

Episode VIII of Lucasfilm and Disney’s enduring space opera is on track to gross an estimated $220 million in 4,232 theaters in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, marking the second-highest domestic opening of all time (not adjusted for inflation), behind only its predecessor Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuted to $248 million in 2015.

The Last Jedi is just the fourth film in history to open north of $200 million, joining The Force AwakensJurassic World ($208.8) and The Avengers ($207.4). It’s also set to add $230 million overseas, for a worldwide bow of $450 million, which would rank fifth all time. (The Last Jedi has yet to open in China, the world’s second-largest movie market.)

Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick), The Last Jedi has met with excellent reviews from critics and also garnered an A CinemaScore from moviegoers. The film, which picks up where The Force Awakens left off in the midst of a heated intergalactic conflict, features original Star Wars players Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher, as well as next-gen heroes and villains Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and Kelly Marie Tran.

The Star Wars franchise shows no signs of slowing down, with a young Han Solo spinoff movie (directed by Ron Howard),  Episode IX (with J.J. Abrams at the helm), and a new Johnson-directed trilogy all in the works. The Last Jedi‘s huge opening also comes in the wake of Disney announcing its seismic deal to buy film and TV assets from Fox, the original home of Star Wars.

At the weekend box office, The Last Jedi is being followed — in a very distant second place — by Ferdinand, Fox’s animated movie based on the children’s book The Story of Ferdinand. The family-friendly film will take in about $13.3 million, falling short of analysts’ predictions of $15 million to $20 million.

On the bright side, Ferdinand received an A CinemaScore and generally positive reviews. Carlos Saldanha directed the movie, which centers on a gentle bull (voiced by John Cena) who refuses to participate in bullfighting. The voice cast also includes Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, and Bobby Cannavale.Ferdinand tar Wars: The Last Jedi scores second highest opening ever with $220 million

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Rounding out the top five are Disney and Pixar’s Coco, with about $10 million; Lionsgate’s Wonder, with about $5.4 million; and Warner Bros. and DC’s Justice League, with about $4.2 million.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 2.9 percent year-to-date. Check out the Dec. 15-17 figures below.

1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi — $220 million
2. Ferdinand — $13.3 million
3. Coco — $10 million
4. Wonder — $5.4 million
5. Justice League — $4.2 million
6. Daddy’s Home 2 — $3.8 million
7. Thor: Ragnarok — $3 million
8. The Disaster Artist — $2.6 million
9. Murder on the Orient Express — $2.5 million
10. Lady Bird — $2.1 million

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi..Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac)..Photo: David James..©2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is well on its way to become the second biggest opening day of all time, earning a whopping $104 million as of Friday, trailing behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens which earned $119 million the same day of its opening weekend in Dec. 2015.

The latest numbers show that after its opening weekend the film, which has earned a 93 on Rotten Tomatoes, could easily earn more than $200 million for its domestic total. Beauty and the Beast currently holds the title for the biggest domestic opening of 2017, earning $174.8 million in its opening weekend.

Another big opening-day earner is Fox and Blue Sky Studios’ Ferdinand, the animated film starring John Cena, which came in second place, earning $4.5 million on Friday, and is expected to reach $15 million after three days. Disney-Pixar’s Coco is holding holds strong among the newcomers with a solid $2.1 million, three weeks after its premiere. The Disney, Pixar film is expected to reach $150 million after this weekend.

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Progression Image 3 of 3: Final Frame..ASPIRING MUSICIAN — In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like the celebrated Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). But when he strums his idol’s guitar, he sets off a mysterious chain of events. Directed by Lee Unkrich, co-directed by Adrian Molina and produced by Darla K. Anderson, “Coco” opens in theaters Nov. 22, 2017.
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A week before Star Wars: The Last Jedi throws open the end-of-year floodgates, Coco is enjoying the lull.

With all the major studios forgoing new wide releases for the second week in a row, Disney and Pixar’s Day of the Dead-themed animated musical is set to top the box office for a third consecutive weekend, grossing an estimated $18.3 million in 3,748 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

That would bring Coco’s domestic total to $135.5 million after 19 days in theaters, while an estimated $55.3 million from foreign markets this weekend would push its international total to $254 million (for a worldwide total of $389.5 million).

Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, Coco centers on a 12-year-old Mexican boy (voiced by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) who confronts his family’s ancestral ban on music. The cast includes Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, and Alanna Ubach. The film received excellent reviews from critics and an A-plus CinemaScore from moviegoers.

Meanwhile, James Franco’s meta-movie comedy The Disaster Artist is poised to break into the top five after expanding to 840 theaters from 19 last week. The A24 release is on pace for about $6.4 million, edging out Marvel’s threequel Thor: Ragnarok ($6.3 million) for fourth place and bringing its domestic total to $8 million.

Directed by and starring Franco, and based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s book of the same name, The Disaster Artist chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau’s notoriously bad — and much beloved — 2003 independent film The Room. Critics have applauded Franco’s film, which also stars brother Dave Franco (as Sestero), Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, and Ari Graynor.

Rounding out the top five are Warner Bros. and DC’s Justice League at No. 2, with an estimated $9.6 million, and Lionsgate’s Wonder at No. 3, with an estimated $8.5 million.

The former film recently crossed the $200-million mark domestically and is now north of $600 million globally; the latter movie is on track to break $100 million by the end of the weekend.

Squeaking in to the top 10 is the ironically titled comedy Just Getting Started, which represents the final production from embattled upstart Broad Green Pictures. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman, and Rene Russo, and directed by Ron Shelton, the film is set to debut in 2,161 theaters with about $3.2 million.

On the specialty front, the darkly comic Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya is bowing in four theaters with an estimated $245,602, which works out to a robust per-screen average of $61,400. The critically acclaimed film stars Margot Robbie as the infamous figure skater, along with Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, and Julianne Nicholson. Craig Gillespie directed, and Neon/30West are distributing.neon Coco threepeats at box office as Star Wars: The Last Jedi looms

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Next week marks the arrival of The Last Jedi, which is expected to be a huge blockbuster and will herald a slew of major holiday releases.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 3.9 percent year-to-date. Check out the Dec. 8-10 figures below.

1. Coco — $18.3 million
2. Justice League — $9.6 million
3. Wonder — $8.5 million
4. The Disaster Artist — $6.4 million
5. Thor: Ragnarok — $6.3 million
6. Daddy’s Home 2 — $6 million
7. Murder on the Orient Express — $5.1 million
8. The Star — $3.7 million
9. Lady Bird — $3.5 million
10. Just Getting Started — $3.2 million

The Disaster Artist Weekend Box Office: The Disaster Artist Trouncing Just Getting Started

Courtesy of TIFF ‘The Disaster Artist’

‘Coco’ stays No. 1 overall on the final weekend before the year-end deluge of tentpoles; ‘Just Getting Started’ marks the final title the once-ambitious Broad Green Pictures will release.

James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is transforming into a portrait of a box-office winner.

The dramedy, which opened last weekend in 19 theaters to rousing numbers, is expanding into a total of 840 cinemas in its sophomore outing. The critically acclaimed pic, from indie distributor A24, grossed an estimated $2.6 million on Friday for a projected $6.7 million weekend and fourth-place finish. New Line and Warner Bros., where Disaster Artist was first developed, is handling the film overseas.

The critically acclaimed pic, from A24, recounts the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 film The Room, considered one of the worst movies ever made. In addition to directing, Franco stars as Wiseau. David Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson and Jacki Weaver co-star.

Disaster Artist will gross nearly double what broad comedy Just Getting Started is on course to earn in its debut in 2,161 cinemas. Just Getting Started looks to come in No. 10 with a dismal $3.6 million after grossing roughly $1.2 million on Friday. The film is the final title the once-ambitious Broad Green Pictures will release after shutting down its entire production division in August.

Just Getting Started stars Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo, Elizabeth Ashley and the late Glenne Headly. Set in a retirement home, the story follows a former FBI agent and mob lawyer who must put their differences aside when the mafia shows up. Audiences spurned the film, giving it a C CinemaScore, while the film’s Rotten Tomatoes score is a withering 11 percent.

The first two weekends of December are always quiet in terms of major releases as the studios gear up for the year-end deluge of holiday titles.

Overall, Disney and Pixar’s Coco will stay No. 1 in this third weekend with nearly $20 million, putting the film’s domestic total at around $137 million through Sunday. Warner Bros. and DC’s Justice League is holding at No. 2, while Lionsgate’s sleeper hit Wonder remains at No. 3 as it prepares to hit $100 million sometime on Sunday.

Disney and Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, rounding out the top five, will also achieves a milestone this weekend when hammering past the $300 million mark in North America (globally, the superhero pic has amassed north of $800 million).

New offerings at the specialty box office include Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie as figure skater Tonya Harding and Allison Janney as her mother. The movie, opening in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, is projected to post a per screen average of roughly $58,000. Neon is distributing I, Tonya.

coco 2 Coco tops Thanksgiving box office with $71.2 million; Justice League No. 2

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Coco has struck a chord. Disney and Pixar’s vibrant Día de los Muertos-themed animated musical is poised to debut with an estimated $71.2 million from 3,987 theaters in the U.S. and Canada over the long holiday weekend, easily displacing last week’s box office champ, the struggling superhero team-up Justice League.

Coco‘s five-day bow — $49 million of which comes from the Friday-Sunday frame — marks the fourth-highest Thanksgiving opening ever, not adjusting for inflation, behind Frozen ($93.6 million), Moana ($82.1 million), and Toy Story 2 ($80.1 million). It also gives Disney 10 of the top 11 Turkey Day openings all time and comes as good news for Pixar in the wake of co-founder John Lasseter taking a six-month leave due to unspecified “missteps” that made some staffers feel “disrespected or uncomfortable.”

Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, Coco received glowing reviews from critics (it’s currently rated 96% “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes) and a coveted A-plus CinemaScore from moviegoers, suggesting that word of mouth should be strong. The film, which centers on a 12-year-old Mexican boy who confronts his family’s ancestral ban on music, has grossed an additional $82.2 million from foreign markets. Coco‘s cast includes newcomer Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, and Alanna Ubach.

In second place, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s big-budget spectacle Justice League is on track to take in about $63 million over five days, and $40.7 million Friday-Sunday. The latter figure represents a 57 percent decline from an underwhelming first weekend and doesn’t bode particularly well for the uneven DC Extended Universe, which Justice League was intended to be the standard-bearer for.

That said, the Zack Snyder-directed movie has added about $309.8 million overseas, putting its worldwide total at $481.3 million. Despite unenthusiastic reviews and a mediocre B-plus CinemaScore, Justice League has been buoyed by a star-studded cast that includes Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, and Ezra Miller. (Joss Whedon, an alum of Disney and Marvel’s rival Avengers franchise, also oversaw extensive reshoots as Snyder dealt with a family tragedy.)JL Coco tops Thanksgiving box office with $71.2 million; Justice League No. 2

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Rounding out the top five this weekend are a trio of holdovers: Lionsgate’s family film Wonder, with about $32.3 million over five days ($22.3 million Friday-Sunday); Disney’s superhero threequel Thor: Ragnarok, with about $24.3 million over five days ($16.8 million Friday-Sunday); and Paramount’s comedy Daddy’s Home 2, with about $18.6 million over five days ($13.3 million Friday-Sunday).

In limited release, director Luca Guadagnino’s critically acclaimed love story Call Me by Your Name is set to gross an estimated $405,000 (Friday-Sunday) from four locations in New York and Los Angeles, for a per-theater average of $101,000 per screen — the highest such mark this year. Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer star in the film, about an affair between a precocious 17-year-old boy and a mysterious, handsome grad student in northern Italy. Sony Pictures Classics is distributing.

Also notching a solid opening this weekend is Focus Features’ World War II drama Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Playing in four locations, it’s on pace for about $176,000 Friday-Sunday, for a per-theater average of $44,005. (Its five-day opening is estimated at $248,000.)

Meanwhile, the Denzel Washington legal drama Roman J. Israel Esq. expanded from four theaters to 1,669 but failed to connect with audiences, who gave it a soft B CinemaScore. The Sony release on track to gross about $6.2 million over five days and $4.5 million Friday-Sunday, good for ninth place.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 4 percent year-to-date. Check out the Nov. 24-26 figures below.

1. Coco — $49 million ($71.2 million five-day)
2. Justice League — $40.7 million ($63 million five-day)
3. Wonder — $22.3 million ($32.3 million five-day)
4. Thor: Ragnarok — $16.8 million ($24.3 million five-day)
5. Daddy’s Home 2 — $13.3 million ($18.6 million five-day)
6. Murder on the Orient Express — $13 million ($18.6 million five-day)
7. The Star — $6.9 million ($9.5 million five-day)
8. A Bad Moms Christmas — $5 million ($6.8 million five-day)
9. Roman J. Israel Esq. — $4.5 million ($6.2 million five-day)
10. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri — $4.4 million ($$5.9 million five-day)

coco 1 Box Office: Coco Trots Past Justice League With $13.2M Wednesday

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‘Coco’

‘Coco’ is expected to dominate the long Thanksgiving weekend with more than $70 million.

As the long Thanksgiving holiday got underway, Disney and Pixar’s Coco danced its way past holdover Justice League on Wednesday with an opening-day gross of $13.2 million after nabbing an A+ CinemaScore.

Wednesday’s haul included $2.3 million in Tuesday night previews. Coco is playing in 3,987 theaters in North America.

Justice League took in $10.5 million from 4,051 theaters for a domestic total of $122.4 million.

At this pace, Coco, about the popular Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, should have no trouble winning the turkey trot with a five-day debut north of $70 million.

Between them, Disney Animation Studios and Pixar claim the top six five-day Thanksgiving openings of all time, not accounting for inflation. Frozen (2013) is the record holder with $93.6 million, while last year’s Moana sang its way to $82.1 million. Tangled took in $68.7 million in 2010, and The Good Dinosaur, $55.5 million in 2015. When adjusting for inflation, the 1999 Toy Story 2 supplants Frozen with nearly $141 million (unadjusted, Toy Story‘s five-day debut was $80.1 million).

Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, Coco tells the story of 12-year-old Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), who sets out to become an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). The trouble is, his family has banned music for generations. Miguel suddenly finds himself in the magical Land of the Dead, where he teams up with the trickster Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) in hopes of unlocking the secret behind his family history. The Frozen featurette Olaf’s Frozen Adventure accompanies the film.

Warner Bros.’ DC superhero mashup Justice League, which debuted last weekend, is expected to earn roughly $62 million over the five-day holiday corridor.

Elsewhere, director Stephen Chbosky’s family friendly Wonder remains a strong daw after opening to a far better-than-expected $27 million last weekend. The movie, also nabbing a coveted A+ CinemaScore, has galvanized elementary school kids, teachers and parents across the country.

The $20 million film adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s acclaimed children’s novel tells the story of a young boy with a facial deformity who attends a mainstream school for the first time (the book spawned the “Choose Kind” movement). Lionsgate, Participant Media, Walden Media and Mandeville Films partnered on Wonder, which stars Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay and Owen Wilson.

Wonder, holding at No. 3, grossed an estimated $6 million on Wednesday from 3,140 theaters for a projected five-day haul of nearly $38 million.

Among the flurry of films vying for adult attention and awards love is the Denzel Washington-starrer Roman J. Israel, Esq., which expanded nationwide on Wednesday after first opening in New York and Los Angeles. From Sony and playing in 1,648 theaters, the legal thriller may only gross $5 million for the five days.

Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) directed Roman Israel, about an lawyer whose idealism is put to the test when he joins a large L.A. law firm. The movie was rejiggered after it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to tepid reviews.

New offerings at the specialty box office include Focus’ Winston Churchill pic The Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright and starring Gary Oldman, and Bleecker Street’s holiday offering The Man Who Invented Christmas, starring Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer. And Sony Pictures Classics opens Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name in New York and Los Angeles on Friday; the critical darling stars Armie Hammer as a young academic who embarks on a love affair with his professor’s 17-year-old son (Timothee Chalamet).

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DC Comics’ mightiest heroes are uniting on the big screen for the first time, saving the world from certain doom, and topping the box office in Justice League — but the highly anticipated film is nonetheless falling short of expectations. Warner Bros’. superhero team-up is on track to gross an estimated $96 million in the U.S. and Canada during its first weekend in theaters, dominating the competition but coming in well below analysts’ projections of about $110 million.

The fifth installment of the DC Extended Universe marks the franchise’s first sub-$100-million domestic debut, trailing Wonder Woman ($103.3 million), Suicide Squad ($133.7 million), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million), and Man of Steel ($116.6 million). It’s also not in the same, ahem, league as Disney and Marvel’s The Avengers ($207.4 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.3 million).

While $96 million is no small sum, Justice League reportedly cost a hefty $250 million-$300 million to make, and it’s intended to be a linchpin of one of Warner Bros’. signature brands. On the plus side, the film is faring well overseas, where it’s poised to take in $185.5 million.

Directed by Zack Snyder — with extensive reshoots overseen by Avengers alum Joss Whedon while Snyder dealt with a family tragedy —  Justice League met with mixed to negative reviews (better than BVS but much worse than Wonder Woman) and received a mediocre B-plus CinemaScore.

The film stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as the Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Henry Cavill as Superman, with Ciarán Hinds voicing the villain Steppenwolf.

In second place, the new Julia Roberts drama Wonder is exceeding expectations with an estimated $27.1 million, to go along with an A-plus CinemaScore and solid reviews. The modestly budgeted Lionsgate release had been pegged for an opening in the ballpark of $10 million.

Directed by Stephen Chbosky and based on R.J. Palacio’s middle-grade novel of the same name, Wonder centers on a young boy (played by Jacob Tremblay) coping with a facial deformity and trying to fit in at a new school. Roberts plays the boy’s mother, and Owen Wilson portrays his father.wonder movie Justice League underwhelms at box office with $96 million opening

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Disney’s superhero threequel Thor: Ragnarok is holding steady in third place with an estimated $21.8 million in its third weekend. That brings the domestic total to $247.4 million, and the worldwide total to $738.1 million.

Rounding out the top five — and continuing their battle from last week — are Paramount’s paternal comedy Daddy’s Home 2, with about $14.8 million, and Fox’s whodunit Murder on the Orient Express, with about $13.8 million.

This weekend’s other new wide release, Sony’s faith-based animated movie The Star, is poised to take in an estimated $10 million, good for the No. 6 spot.

Sony also began rolling out Dan Gilroy and Denzel Washington’s legal drama Roman J. Israel, Esq., which will gross about $65,000 from four locations, for a a per-theater average of $16,250. The film, which has received mixed reviews, will expand into about 1,500 theaters Wednesday.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 4.3 percent year-to-date. Check out the Nov. 17-19 figures below.

1. Justice League — $96 million
2. Wonder — $27.1 million
3. Thor: Ragnarok — $21.8 million
4. Daddy’s Home 2 — $14.8 million
5. Murder on the Orient Express — $13.8 million
6. The Star — $10 million
7. A Bad Moms Christmas — $6.9 million
8. Lady Bird — $2.5 million
9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri — $1.1 million
10. Jigsaw — $1.1 million

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‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ takes second place, and ‘Lady Bird’ soars in limited release

Thor: Ragnarok may spell trouble for the realm of Asgard, but it brings good news for the box office. Disney and Marvel’s third solo movie starring Chris Hemsworth as the god of thunder is on track to gross an estimated $121 million in the U.S. and Canada over its first weekend, easily conquering the competition while heralding Hollywood’s first big opening in several weeks.

Ragnarok‘s haul represents the fourth-largest debut of 2017, behind Beauty and the Beast ($174.8 million), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146.5 million), and It ($123.4 million). It also crushes the openings of 2011’s Thor ($65.7 million) and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World ($85.7 million), and edges out the most recent installment of the Marvel cinematic universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming ($117 million).

Directed by with a distinctly humorous tone by Taika Waititi and boasting a powerhouse cast — including Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddeslton, and Tessa Thompson — Ragnarok received glowing reviews and garnered an A CinemaScore, indicating good word of mouth. The threequel, which reportedly cost $180 million to make, has likewise fared well overseas, tallying about $306 million since it began rolling out last week.

After a sluggish October, Ragnarok could help spark a lively holiday moviegoing season, with fellow tentpoles like Justice League and Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming in the weeks ahead.

Back on earth, STX Films’ comedy sequel A Bad Moms Christmas is in line for second place with an estimated $17 million weekend, and a five-day total of about $21.6 million (after opening Wednesday). The latter figure is a bit below analysts’ expectations of about $25 million, and it falls short of the original Bad Moms‘ three-day $23.8 million opening.

The follow-up to the R-rated sleeper hit received largely negative reviews, and audiences gave it a so-so B CinemaScore (dropping down from the original’s A grade). Scott Moore and Jon Lucas returned to direct Bad Moms Christmas, which once again stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn as three overburdened, underappreciated women — who this time deal with the stress of the holidays and their own mothers.

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Rounding out the top five are Lionsgate’s Jigsaw, with about $6.7 million, and Boo 2: A Madea Halloween, with about $4.7 million, and Warner Bros’. Geostorm, with about $3 million.

On the specialty front, actress Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed directorial debut, Lady Bird, is poised to gross about $375,612 from four locations, for a per-theater average of $93,903 — the best such mark of 2017. Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, and Tracy Letts star in the coming-of-age dramedy, which was released by A24.

Meanwhile Richard Linklater’s veteran drama Last Flag Flying will gross an estimated $42,000 from four locations, for a $10,500 per-theater average. Amazon and Lionsgate released the film — starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne — to solid reviews.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 4.8 percent year-to-date. Check out the Nov. 3-5 figures below.

1. Thor: Ragnarok — $16.3 million
2. A Bad Moms Christmas — $17 million
3. Jigsaw — $6.7 million
4. Boo 2: A Madea Halloween — $4.7 million
5. Geostorm — $3 million
6. Happy Death Day — $2.8 million
7. Thank You for Your Service — $2.3 million
8. Blade Runner 2049 — $2.2 million
9. Only the Brave — $1.9 million
10. Let There Be Light — $1.6 million

thor  ragnarok 3 Weekend Box Office: Thor: Ragnarok Outwits Sequel Curse With $121M Debut

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Sequel ‘Bad Moms Christmas’ isn’t as lucky, while Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ soars at the specialty box office; globally, ‘Thor’ amasses $427 million.

In an era when many tentpole franchise installments have stalled, director Taika Waitii’s Thor: Ragnarok is wielding nothing short of a golden hammer at the box office for Disney and Marvel Studios.

Over the weekend, the threequel opened to $121 million from 4,080 theaters in North America, 41 percent ahead of 2013’s Thor: The Dark World ($85.7 million), not accounting for inflation. Overseas, the event pic grossed $151.4 million in its second weekend for a foreign tally of $306 million and a worldwide haul of $427 million. Thor: Ragnarok‘s $55.6 million China debut is a record for the month of November, while Imax theaters delivered a whopping $25.4 million globally.

Thor: Ragnarok — with Chris Hemsworth returning in the titular role and Cate Blanchett introduced as Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death — helped restored luster to the domestic box office after a miserable October, posting the fourth-best opening of the year to date and besting every other 2017 superhero tentpole outside of fellow Marvel title Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which earned $146.5 million. (Spider-Man: Homecoming debuted to $117 million, while Wonder Woman launched to $103.3 million.)

The secret to the movie’s success? Thor: Ragnarok was no doubt boosted by Waititi’s fresh vision and by featuring other characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, namely The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who makes a cameo. It was the same strategy Marvel used in 2016 threequel Captain America: Civil War. And then there were Thor: Ragnarok‘s glowing reviews and an A CinemaScore. (It’s the 13th consecutive MCU title to receive some variation of an A grade.)

“Because of the strength of the Marvel team, it affords the license to bring in storytellers that have the ability to infuse tone and style that keeps each of these films feeling unbelievably fresh,” says Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis. “The $13 billion grossed by the 17 MCU titles averages out to $800 million per film globally. Just as impressive, if not more, is the consistency from a quality standpoint.”

Roughly 42 percent of global ticket sales came from 3D screens, mostly from overseas and including Imax cinemas. (In the U.S., half of all Imax shows were in 2D, per the exhibitor’s new strategy.)

Still, not even the god of thunder could stop the slide at the fall box office, at least not entirely.

Year over year, weekend revenue was down more than 9 percent as A Bad Moms Christmas bowed behind expectations and a crop of holdovers continued to underwhelm.

R-rated comedy sequels are a tough business, and STXfilms’ Bad Moms Christmas felt the pinch. The film, hampered by generally bad reviews and a B CinemaScore after deciding to open midweek, posted a weekend gross of $17 million and a five-day debut of $21.6 million. Pre-release tracking services had suggested the follow-up would open in the $25 million-$28 million range. Females made up 82 percent of ticket buyers, while 87 percent of the audience was over the age of 25.

The first Bad Moms pic, which nabbed an A CinemaScore, launched to $23.8 million in summer 2016. The holiday-themed sequel certainly isn’t a financial bust, having cost a relatively modest $28 million to make, and STX insiders believe the film will have strong legs and note that any number of R-rated comedies have received a B CinemaScore. They also add that Bad Moms Christmas‘ opening wasn’t as far behind the original’s as other R-rated comedy sequels have been.

Overseas, Bad Moms Christmas opened to $7 million from its first 15 markets for an early global cume of $28.6 million. The pic came in ahead of the first film in several major markets including Australia ($3 million) and the U.K. ($2.4 million).

Bad Moms Christmas reunites Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn as they rebel against the pressure of creating the perfect holiday while having to deal with their own mothers, played by Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore returned to direct.

Among holdovers, George Clooney’s ill-fated Suburbicon, starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, fell a steep 59 percent in its second weekend to $1.2 million for a domestic total of $5.1 million.

Elsewhere, a number of titles vying for awards attention opened in select theaters.

Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird flew high, taking in $375,612 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles to score the year’s top theater average to date ($93,903). The A24 dramedy boasts a perfect 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and stars Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges and Timothee Chalamet. The previous top average in 2017 belonged to The Big Sick ($84,315), and Lady Bird‘s average is the best since La La Land, which was released last December ($176,221).

Last Flag Flying, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne, likewise rolled out in four cinemas in N.Y. and L.A., grossing $42,000 for a screen average of $10,500. Amazon Studios partnered with Lionsgate on the dramedy’s theatrical release.

LBJ, which opted for a much larger footprint, debuted to roughly $1 million from 659 theaters. Directed by Rob Reiner, the political biopic features Woody Harrelson as the titular president. Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman and Jennifer Jason Leigh also star in the Electric Entertainment release.

 

happy death day Box office: Happy Death Day takes down Blade Runner 2049
Blumhouse (“Split,” “Get Out,” “Whiplash”) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in “Happy Death Day,” in which a college student (JESSICA ROTHE, “La La Land”) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

Call it deja vu: Another horror movie is slaying at the box office.

Universal and Blumhouse’s microbudget slasher Happy Death Day is on track to gross an estimated $26.5 million in the U.S. and Canada during its first weekend in theaters, exceeding industry projections and easily knocking off last week’s No. 1 film, Blade Runner 2049.

Starring Jessica Rothe as a college student who relives the day of her murder again and again until she discovers her killer’s identity, Happy Death Day received mixed to positive reviews and garnered a B CinemaScore — solid for a horror movie. The film, which cost about $4.5 million to make and was directed by Christopher Landon, continues a strong year for Blumhouse and Universal, who previously released M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Jordan Peele’s Get Out.

Happy Death Day also marks the latest horror movie to top the box office, joining those aforementioned films as well as Warner Bros. and New Line’s Annabelle: Creation and It.

In second place, Warner Bros. and Alcon’s sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 is set to take in about $15.1 million in its second weekend, falling off 54% from a disappointing $31.5 million debut and bringing its domestic total to $60.6 million after 10 days in theaters.

Those are lackluster figures for an ambitious, highly anticipated, and critically acclaimed film that boasts major talent — director Denis Villeneuve, stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford — and cost upward of $150 million to make. Based on Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking 1982 film Blade Runner, 2049 continues its story of cops hunting down rogue androids in dystopian Los Angeles.

2049 could still get a bump from potential awards season success, and from foreign markets, where it has so far grossed about $98 million.

Debuting in third place is STX’s R-rated action flick The Foreigner, with an estimated $12.8 million. Pitting martial arts legend Jackie Chan against erstwhile James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, the tale of international intrigue has received mixed reviews and an A-minus CinemaScore.

The Chinese co-production, directed by Bond veteran Martin Campbell, has grossed an additional $88.4 million overseas.

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Rounding out the top five this weekend are It, with an estimated $6.1 million, and Fox’s survival romance The Mountain Between Us, with an estimated $5.7 million.

Also arriving this weekend, in fewer theaters than Happy Death Day (3,149) and The Foreigner (2,515), were Open Road’s Thurgood Marshall biopic Marshall and Annapurna’s Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, about the unconventional life of the creator of Wonder Woman.

Marshall is poised to collect an estimated $3 million from 821 locations, good for 11th place, while Professor Marston is looking at $737,000 from 1,229 locations, putting it in the No. 15 spot.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 4.7 percent year-to-date. Check out the Oct. 13-15 figures below.

1. Happy Death Day — $26.5 million
2. Blade Runner 2049 — $15.1 million
3. The Foreigner — $12.8 million
4. It — $6.1 million
5. The Mountain Between Us — $5.7 million
6. American Made — $5.4 million
7. Kingsman: The Golden Circle — $5.3 million
8. The Lego Ninjago Movie — $4.3 million
9. My Little Pony: The Movie — $4 million
10. Victoria and Abdul— $3.1 million

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