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Pixar's Coco enjoys fourth best Thanksgiving opening ever


Story by Jack Foley

PIXAR’S Coco has enjoyed the fourth best Thanksgiving opening in US box office history, comfortably taking the top spot from superhero ensemble Justice League

The Disney-Pixar title looks to have amassed $71.2 million, behind overall Thanksgiving winner, Disney’s Frozen ($93.5M), as well as Moana ($82m) and Toy Story 2 ($80.1m).

Going into the weekend, the animated film was projected to open in the $65 million-plus range.

Directed by Lee Unkrich, the film is set around Mexico’s Dia de Los Muertos as a young boy finds himself travelling between the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead in pursuit of a musical dream.

DC’s Justice League enjoyed a better than expected second weekend, no doubt thanks to Thanksgiving, with a three day total of $40.7M over three days, and a projected five-day haul of $59.7 million.

By opening when it did, the film appears to have avoided the steep second weekend declines experienced by Batman Vs Superman and Suicide Squad, which also received a critical pasting.

In third place, meanwhile, was Lionsgate’s Wonder, which continued to perform well in its sophomore weekend with $32.25 million.

The $20 million film, which is an adaptation of RJ Palacio’s acclaimed children’s novel about a young boy with a facial deformity who attends a mainstream school for the first time, stars Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay and Owen Wilson.

Rounding out the US top five were Marvel’s Thor Ragnarok, with $24.2 million and comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2, which is on course for a five-day total of $18.635.

Six-time nominated Independent Spirit award title Call Me By Your Name also enjoyed a strong start in US cinemas, boasting the best cinema venue average of 2017 with $404,8K. The film is only playing on four screens in New York and Los Angeles.

Overall, the five-day Thanksgiving stretch is projected to gross a massive $268 million, the fourth-best haul ever for the holiday, which is also 3% up over last year.

Considering October’s disappointment, which came off the back of a similarly disappointing summer, the US box office is finally enjoying a boom.