Holiday Weekend Box Office: “Coco” hits, “Man Who Invented Christmas” does not

boxThe projected numbers for a rare animated musical from Pixar, the studio’s best film since “Inside Out,” have swung back and forth between $70 and $76 million since its late Tuesday opening.

Now it’s looking like the film, critically-adored and earning an A+ exit-poll rating from filmgoers, will hit $71. Saturday will tell the tale.

“Justice League” is holding just under half its last weekend totals, and will pull in $57 million or so, when all the counting is done early Monday AM. That will put it over $170 million, well on its way to $275 or so, domestic.

“Coco” will face competition before Christmas when “Ferdinand” opens. The new “Star Wars” picture will similarly finish off “Justice League.”

“Wonder” has another strong weekend in store, over $22 million since Wed. It’s being treated, by its studio, as an Oscar contender (nope) now.

Ditto “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” a critically-dismissed effort built around Denzel Washington, who always gives Oscar-level value in performance. It’s on a lot of screens, and couldn’t even crack the top ten.

“The Man Who Invented Christmas” has convinced few that it is the period piece to take the aged parents to when visiting over the holidays. A $2600 per screen average on opening week means it’ll be gone before Xmas. Decent reviews should have helped. A period piece is a hard sell, and the marketing seems botched on this one.

Unlike the proper choice for that take mom/granddad etc to the movies, “Murder on the Orient Express,” which is headed towards a $14 million weekend and should reach $100 million within 10 days and thus ensure the sequel that it teases in its finale (“Death on the Nile”).

 

 

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