At the weekend box office Disney’s Mexican themed Coco finally moved North of the border and took first pace from Justice League with a $49 million opening run. The five-day Thanksgiving holiday take was $71.2 million. Coco, which features the voices of Gael García Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, and Benjamin Bratt, is about a boy in a Mexican village who travels to the underworld after defying his family’s wishes and playing a magical guitar on Dia de los Muertos.
There he meets his ancestors and receives their help to escape back to Earth and also learn to play music, fulfilling his dream of becoming a famous singer. Coco had already opened in Mexico a month ago on October 27 where it became a sensational hit. With $53.4 million, it’s the third best-selling film of all time in the country after The Avengers and Toy Story 3. Coco also had a major opening in the Far East this weekend, taking a surprisingly high $18.2 million in China, a country not exactly known for its appreciation of Latin American culture. Total international sales for the film were worth $31.7 million this weekend, taking its international cume to $82.2 million and global cume to $153.4 million. Coco opens in major European markets France, Germany and Spain this weekend, and will move into Japan in March, the same slot that led Frozen, the best selling animated film of all time, to a late $259 million bonus push after it became a runaway hit in the sometimes sleepy major Pacific market.
No other feature moved into wide release this weekend, leaving second place finisher Justice League with a with a wide gape between itself and the rest of the table. Zack Snyder’s CGI heavy, two-hour long action movie made $40.1 million in the US after a heavy 57% second week drop. Overseas plays were worth $72.2 million, taking the film’s global cume to $481.3 million. $15.8 million of that came from a second session in China, and a $3.8 million opening in Japan. Brazil’s cume is now $24.9 million, among the best ever in Latin America’s most populous country. Mexico’s tally is $18.2 million, while the UK’s sales reached $16.6 million. These numbers may look solid but JL’s stratospheric $300 million production cost and reportedly similar advertising expenditures have analysts wonder if it won’t even turn a profit until it breaks $600 million.
While no studio chose to put out a major title in this already packed field that’s about to become a one pony show when Star Wars opens in two weeks, Sony Pictures Classics scored a great limited opening with their drama Call Me By Your Name. In the movie the family of a 17-year-old boy (Timothée Chalamet) hosts a handsome and extravagant doctoral student at their villa in Italy every summer. He ends up falling in love with the seasonal visitor, played by Armie Hammer. Call Me by Your Name grossed $405K from four LA and NY theatres, giving it the best per theatre average of 2017 at $101K and change, ahead of Lady Bird’s already solid $91K average opening.
Next week James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, about cult director Tommy Wisseau, opens in the US, along with Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel.