‘Coco’ conquers the top spot at the box office this weekend

It was an interesting three-day weekend at the box office, as this week’s big new release rose to the top of the heap. Here’s what went down:

The Disney/Pixar film Coco debut in first place this weekend, bringing in an estimated $49 million. This is a strong number, and the film’s total since debuting this past Wednesday night is at $71 million. That’s not a number to sneeze at, but with the Pixar brand attached, it’s a little surprising Coco didn’t have a little more traction over the three-day weekend. It’s a minor quibble though, as audiences and critics have certainly responded favourably to the movie.

As for the rest of the top five, Justice League dropped to second place with an estimated $40 million. The film has made $171 million in North America, which is a very strong number, but unfortunately, expectations were higher and the the film needed to simply do better here to be perceived as a success. As it stands, its unlikely Justice League will hit $300 million here.

Wonder had a strong third place showing, bringing in $22 million, just a 19% drop week to week. Thor: Ragnarok was in fourth place with $16.7 million, on its way to breaking the $300 million mark, likely in the next two weeks or so. Closing things out in fifth place with and estimated $13.25 million is Daddy’s Home 2, though with Murder on the Orient Express making $13 million, the two could switch spots when the actuals arrive.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Coco – $60 million
2) Justice League – $50 million
3) Wonder – $27 million
4) Thor: Ragnarok – $18 million
5) Murder on the Orient Express – $16.5 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Coco – $49 million
2) Justice League – $40 million
3) Wonder – $22 million
4) Thor: Ragnarok – $16.7 million
5) Daddy’s Home 2– $13.25 million

Next weekend sees the limited releases of The Shape of Water and The Disaster Artist. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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