BOX OFFICE REPORT
December 8-10, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Justice League||$9.5 million|
|The Disaster Artist||$6.4 million|
|Thor: Ragnarok||$6.2 million|
For the third straight weekend, Disney's Coco held onto first place. While that makes it the first film to stay on top for three weeks since The Hitman's Bodyguard this summer – and the first animated movie to do so since Moana – it's lagging behind past Disney hits. It's only made $135 million so far, well behind titles like Finding Dory, Inside Out and Frozen.
Justice League crossed $200 million, but the damage has been done, as Warner Bros. officially announced a reshuffling of executives in charge of future DC projects. It's the 10th biggest movie of 2017, and will likely finish ahead of Logan. But that still makes it only the fifth biggest comic book movie of the year. Worldwide, it will finish behind Man of Steel, even though tickets were cheaper four years ago.
Wonder crossed the $100 million mark, truly exception for a family tearjerkers. It's now beaten such blockbusters as Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Blade Runner 2049 and might even finish ahead of Fifty Shades Darker. The Disaster Artist had the best debut, as the biopic about Tommy Wiseau and the making of The Room opened with a very good $6.4 million, even though it's on fewer than 850 theaters. And Thor: Ragnarok crossed $300 million. That's the latest any MCU movie has opened and made that kind of money.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: I, Tonya, the irreverent biopic of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding. The film, which has gotten serious Oscar buzz for Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, averaged $61,401 on each of its four screens.
- Just Getting Started, despite starring Academy Award winners Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones, and being written and directed by Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump), only managed a dismal $3.1 million. Definitely not living up to its title.
- It was another very good week for Oscar contenders The Shape of Water and Darkest Hour. Both films continued their expansion and each jumped up more than 500 percent.
There's this little movie coming out. You may not have heard of it. It's called The Last Jedi or something. Anyway, it's going to be the biggest opening of the year, and has the potential of being the second-biggest opening of all time. It won't top The Force Awakens record-setting $247 million debut, but I think $225 million is certainly doable, as we're likely looking at our third consecutive year of having a Star Wars movie be the No. 1 film of the year.