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'Coco' tops box office again in quiet week

'Coco' tops box office again in quiet week

Brings in $26.1 million domestically
'Coco' tops box office again in quiet week
Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician in the Disney film, "Coco."
Photographer: Pixar

In a quiet post-Thanksgiving week at the movies before the holiday surge, “Coco” held the top spot at the box office, racing past $100 million in its second week in theaters.

With no new wide-release movies over the weekend, the well-reviewed and culturally resonant “Coco” was No. 1 with $26.1 million domestically. Globally, the film surged to a total gross of $280 million; it opened at No. 1 in France, Spain, and Germany and continued to thrive in China and Mexico, where it became the first film to cross 1 billion pesos (with a total gross of $55.6 million).

The movie, which follows a Mexican boy into the underworld, represents another smash for Disney, which crossed $5 billion globally for the third consecutive year, according to a representative. And Disney isn’t done yet: “The Last Jedi” is expected to be a transformative force at the box office when it opens on Dec. 15.

“Justice League,” from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, fell off sharply in its third weekend, taking in $16.5 million, according to comScore, which compiles box office data. The tepidly reviewed movie is nevertheless on the brink of cracking a total of $200 million domestically.

Modestly scaled movies performed well. Lionsgate’s “Wonder,” a family movie starring Julia Roberts, came in third with $12.5 million, bringing its total to $88 million. “Wonder” cost $20 million to make.

“The Disaster Artist,” from the studio A24, James Franco’s retelling of the creation of the notoriously bad movie “The Room,” was a huge hit in limited release, taking in $1.2 million from just 19 theaters, for an average of $64,254 per theater. Another A24 film, “Lady Bird,” saw a 12 percent bump as it arrived in 400 additional theaters. The movie stars Saoirse Ronan (who hosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend), sits at a perfect 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregation site, and now has reached $17.1 million total.

Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” arrived to nonexistent fanfare and underwhelming box office returns. The movie took in $140,555 in five locations.

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