‘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.