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). Disney and Pixar's vibrant Día de los Muertos-themed animated musical is on track to debut with an estimated $71.2 million in the USA and Canada over the long holiday weekend, easily displacing last week's box office champ, the struggling superhero team-up Justice League.
"Justice League", the fifth installment of the DC Extended Universe, has finished its first eight days with a cumulative $147.3 million domestic total after opening with a B+ CinemaScore.
Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, Coco received glowing reviews from critics (it's now rated 96% "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes) and a coveted A-plus CinemaScore from moviegoers, suggesting that word of mouth should be strong.
"Coco", directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, is based on the traditions surrounding the Day of the Dead holiday in Mexico and centers on a 12-year-old boy who dreams of becoming a musician and explores his family history in the Land of the Dead. The studio has not released a price for the movie. 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 meant to be the standard-bearer for.
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Pixar's "Coco" is off to a strong start at the box office, finishing the weekend with an estimated five-day total of $72 million from 3,987 screens, with a three-day weekend total of $50 million. Warner Bros. has not disclosed the production cost, which is believed to be as much as $300 million.
"Wonder" continued its surprising run for Lionsgate by taking in $32 million over five days to win third place. The film, which stars Jacob Tremblay as a fifth grader with a facial deformity, has a modest $20 million budget.
Some flicks are struggling at the box office, though; Denzel Washington stars in Roman J. Israel, Esq. right now, and it just can't quite get off the ground, sitting at just $6.5 million from 1,648 theaters over the five-day weekend period.
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