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Box Office Report: We're Just Waiting For 'Star Wars', Honestly

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Industry | December 11, 2017 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Industry | December 11, 2017 |

Look, we all know what’s coming next week and so does the box office. Only a tiny handful of new releases dared to make this week their premiere date, and few of them could muster much interest for general audiences. The top three spots remain unchanged from last week: Coco at number one, followed by Justice League and Wonder. For Pixar, those numbers will be encouraging, as Coco managed to do double the business of Justice League after three weeks in theatres. With another $18.3m in the bank, that takes the domestic total past $135m. That puts it in similar footing to Disney’s last big hit, Moana, which managed three straight weeks of box office success until being taken over by a Star Wars movie. It’s coming in close to a $400m worldwide gross, and that’s before it’s even premiered in many of the major territories like the UK.

Justice League grossed just under $10m in its fourth week, but it managed to pass the $100m mark domestically and its worldwide gross now tops $600m. We expect that toslow down significantly in the coming weeks what with that major blockbuster competition coming up but Warner Bros. will probably be at least content with those numbers. Well, content is better than sheer panic. In brighter news for the studio, they became the first studio of 2017 to pass $2bn domestically, thanks to hits like Dunkirk and Wonder Woman.

Wonder is now a $100m hit, while Thor: Ragnarok crossed $300m domestically, making its $833m gross the 7th biggest hit of the year. The only new release of the week to crack the top 10 was Just Getting Started, a Morgan Freeman/Tommy Lee Jones comedy that compares itself to Midnight Run but could barely drum up enough enthusiasm to gross $3m, landing it at number 10.

The big surprise of the week comes in the form of James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, his biographical comedy about the making of the infamous bad movie The Room. Much to everyone’s surprise, James Franco being James Franco has finally paid off and the film, which is really rather good if a touch romanticised, is a literal Oscar contender. So yes, expect to see Tommy Wiseau trying to get selfies with every Hollywood star on the red carpet next year. In its second week of release, where its theatre total increased to 840, the film took in an impressive $8m. I wondered how this film would play to general crowds, and if The Room was even a big enough deal to warrant that kind of release, but it seems to be bringing in enough people to calm such fears. A24 are knocking it out of the park with every film they release.

Those Oscar favourites are opening wider and seeing the crowds come: Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman’s Best Actor hopeful, brought in $777,000 as it opened to an extra 46 screens (a 617% jump in gross from the previous week); The Shape of Water added another $1.1m to its gross as it jumped to 41 theatres in week two (its a critics award favourite right now, although competition is tight); new release I, Tonya brought in an impressive $245,000 from 4 screens; oddly, Call Me By Your Name opened to 5 more theatres - bringing its total to 9 - and grossed $291,000, which is a 1.5% drop from the previous week in terms of the ratio. No worries, that film’s going to do fine, even if Armie Hammer has to pay for everyone’s tickets and provide the peaches on the side. On, and for some reason, Wonder Wheel grossed another $155,000, because Kate Winslet’s going to make you think she deserves an Oscar for it no matter how bad the optics look.

This week sees the release of Blue Sky’s latest cartoon Ferdinand (hey, Raul Esparza’s in it!) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so who knows which film will come out on top by Sunday.

You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.

What films did you watch this week? Where does Coco rank on your Pixar favourites list? What Wonder film is better: Wonder Woman, Wonder Wheel, Wonder, Wonderstruck or Professor Marston and the Wonder Women? Is The Room the best worst movie you’ve ever seen? Sick of Oscar talk yet? Answers in the comments.

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Kayleigh is a features writer and editor for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.