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Coco remains on top in US for third straight weekend


Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY-Pixar’s Coco has remained on top of the US box office for a third straight weekend with $18.3 million.

It meant the film joined The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Fast & Furious 8 and Split as the only four titles of 2017 to remain on top of the US box office for three weekends in a row.

Coco, which is set around Mexico’s Day of the Dead, now boasts a 19-day total of $135.5 million, meaning that it has performed similarly to Disney’s animated Moana, which opened at the same time last year.

The weekend’s only major new release was Just Getting Started, an action comedy starring Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones, which struggled to gain much interest at all from audiences.

The film wound up in 10th place with a paltry $3.2 million from 2,146 locations.

Back at the top end of the chart, superhero ensemble Justice League finished with $9.6 million, taking its US tally to $212.1 million in 24 days.

The DC title is now the 10th biggest movie of 2017 – but also the lowest performer among the five DC Extended Universe movies.

Wonder Woman had hit $318 million in the US alone at the 24-day point in June.

However, globally, Justice League has gone past $600 million worldwide with an international total of $401 million. Its performance pushed Warner Bros. past the $5 billion mark worldwide for 2017.

Family drama Wonder, starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay, finished in third place with $8.5 million. In doing so, it became the 27th movie of the year to cross the $100 million mark – and one of the least costly among that group, given its $20 million budget.

James Franco’s comedy-drama The Disaster Artist took in a solid $6.4 million, thereby edging the sixth weekend of Disney-Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, which rounded out the US top five with $6.3 million. Thor‘s US total now stands above $300 million.

If box office was relatively subdued for this weekend in the US, then next week things are seriously expected to pick up as the studios roll out their tentpole titles for the festive period. Leading the way, of course, is Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is currently tracking for a monster, and potentially record-breaking, debut of over $200 million.