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Coco tops box office again before Star Wars hits

2017-12-12 08:56

Los Angeles — The animated family film Coco has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre Star Wars: The Last Jedi weekend in theatres.

Disney estimated Sunday that Coco added $18.3m, which would bring its domestic total to $135.5m.

The weekend's sole new wide release was the Morgan Freeman film Just Getting Started, which launched to a meagre $3.2m from 2,161 theatres and barely made the top 10.

Most studios have chosen to avoid competing against The Last Jedi, which is expected to dominate theatres and moviegoer attention when it opens on 15 December.

Thus, most of the charts have looked quite similar for the past few weeks. Warner Bros. and DC's Justice League took second place with $9.6m and Lionsgate's sleeper hit Wonder, which has now passed $100m, placed third with $8.5m. Warner Bros. also crossed the $2bn benchmark domestically Saturday — the first studio to do so in 2017.

This quiet period before Star Wars has allowed some of the indie and prestige titles to thrive in limited releases and expansions, like James Franco's The Disaster Artist.

The film, about the making of one of the worst films of all time, The Room, expanded to 840 locations in its second weekend in theatres. It managed to bring in $6.4 mm, landing it in fourth place.

Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age film Lady Bird also added 363 locations and placed 9th in its sixth weekend in theatres. With the $3.5m from this weekend, Lady Bird has netted $22.3m.

The Guillermo del Toro-directed romantic fantasy The Shape of Water expanded to 41 theatres in its second weekend and earned $1.1m.

The Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya launched in four locations in New York and Los Angeles and brought in a solid $245,602.

The Winston Churchill film The Darkest Hour and the summer romance film Call Me By Your Name also continue to thrive in more limited releases as well. The Darkest Hour, which stars Gary Oldman as Churchill, earned $777 000 from 53 locations, and Call Me By Your Name, with Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, took in $291 101 from nine theatres.

"This is the best time to be a moviegoer if you're an indie fan," said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "The last few weeks have enabled films like The Shape of WaterThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and now I, Tonya to really find an audience."

He added: "It's great time for those films ahead of the box office death star that is Star Wars."

The year is still down 4 percent from last year, though, which is a pit that even a juggernaut like Star Wars might struggle to fill. The cash influx from The Last Jedi will be significant, nonetheless, and if the precedent of Rogue One and The Force Awakens holds, it could range from $400m to over $600m of additional domestic revenue before the books close on 2017.

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