In a quiet weekend without new premieres of the main studios, Disney and Pixar Coco still manage to make some noise. The animated musical Day of the Dead is on track to headline the box office for the second week in a row, raising around $ 26.1 million from 3,987 theaters in the United States and Canada. Meanwhile, the James Franco comedy film The Disaster Artist and Guillermo del Toro's science fiction romance The Shape of Water have a strong start in limited release.
Reinforced with enthusiastic reviews from critics and an A-plus CinemaScore of viewers, Coco is about to fall 49 percent in its second weekend, a solid figure that puts its estimated national total at $ 108.7 million after 12 days in theaters. The film will also raise about $ 69 million abroad, which would raise its international total to $ 171.3 million.
Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, Coco focuses on a 12- year-old Mexican boy (voiced by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) who faces an ancient ban on music of his family. The cast includes Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt and Alanna Ubach.
The rest of the first five weekends are also repeated. Warner Bros. & # 39; superpole tentpole Justice League will take second place with around $ 16.6 million, bringing its 17-day national total to $ 197.3 million and its global total to $ 567.4 million. The film, directed by Zack Snyder (with additional work by Joss Whedon) and starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill, received mixed reviews and a B-plus CinemaScore.
The family movie of Lionsgate Wonder is n. ° 3, with around $ 12.5 million; Sequel to the Disney superhero Thor: Ragnarok is number 4, with around $ 9.7 million; and the paternal comedy of Paramount Daddy's # 2 is number 5, with around $ 7.5 million.
On the specialty front, A24 The Disaster Artist is ready to receive an estimated $ 1.2 million from 19 locations, for a sturdy theater average of $ 64,254.
Directed and starring Franco, and based on the book of the same name by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell, The Disaster Artist narrates the creation of The Notorious Independent Film by Tommy Wiseau, 2003 The Room which has been called " Citizen Kane of bad movies". Critics have praised Franco's film, which also features brother Dave Franco (as Sestero), Seth Rogen, Alison Brie and Ari Graynor. It expands to 800 theaters next week.
Scoring the best weekend theater average, and one of the best of the year, is Fox Searchlight The Shape of Water . He is on track to earn around $ 167,000 from two places, which equates to $ 83,400 per theater.
Against the backdrop of the Cold War, Del Toro's film centers on a mute woman (played by Sally Hawkins) who works as a janitor at a government research center and forms an unlikely link to a captured amphibian humanoid known as the Active (Doug Jones). The film has also received enthusiastic reviews.
It also premiered in a limited version, although with less impressive numbers and reviews, the last one  Wonder Wheel by Woody Allen. The Amazon version is ready to receive approximately $ 140,555 from five locations, for a theater average of $ 28,111.
According to ComScore, the general ticket office has fallen by 3.9 percent so far this year. See figures from December 1 to 3 below.
1. Coco – $ 26.1 million
2. Justice League – $ 16.6 million
3. Wonder – $ 12.5 million
4. Thor: Ragnarok – $ 9.7 million
5. Daddy & # 39; s Home 2 – $ 7.5 million
6. Murder on Orient Express – $ 6.7 million
7. Lady Bird – $ 4.5 million
8. Three billboards outside of Ebbing Missouri – $ 4.5 million
9. The Star – $ 4 million
10. One Christmas for bad moms – $ 3.5 million