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Disney-Pixar's Coco remains on top in US as The Disaster Artist opens strong


Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY-Pixar’s Coco has remained on top of the US box office for a second weekend.

The animated movie, set around the popular Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, took a strong $26.1 million for a 10-day US total of $108.7 million. It also topped the foreign chart with $69 million for an early foreign tally of $171.3 million and global haul of $280 million. This includes a whopping $75.6 million in China.

DC’s superhero ensemble Justice League followed in second place in the US with $16.6 million for a total of $197.3 million. Its global total currently stands at $567.4 million, some way below the kind of total that rival Marvel Studios can expect from their releases.

In third place in the US was family drama Wonder, which continued to charm audiences with $12.5 million for a US total $88 million.

Thor: Ragnarok followed with $9.7 million, a figure that helped the Marvel title hammer past the $800 million mark globally. It finished Sunday with $816.4 million in worldwide ticket sales.

Rounding out the US top five, meanwhile, was comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2, which took $7.5 million for a total $82.8 million.

Overall, revenue at the US box office was up nearly 6% over the same weekend a year ago, helping to boost the coffers still further after a relatively lacklustre summer and an abysmal October.

Helping in their own way further down the box office were specialty titles Lady Bird, which picked up the Best Picture prize from New York Critics last week, and Oscar-tipped Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which tied for seventh place with $4.5 million each.

Also making waves was James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, which grossed $1.2 million for a screen average of $64,254, thereby becoming one of only six films opening in more than 10 cinemas [19 in total] to post a screen average of $60,000 or more.

The critically acclaimed film follows the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 movie The Room, which was widely considered to be one of the worst movies ever made.

In addition to directing, Franco stars as Wiseau.

Also doing well was another Oscar-tipped release, Guillermo del Toro’s critical darling Shape of Water, which took $166,800 from just two venues in New York, for a promising location average of $83,400.