Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 – 11:13 AM
A “pretty quiet December marketplace” slumbered along at the North America box office this weekend, an analyst said Sunday, as the movie industry prepares to drop the holiday blockbusters next week.
“Coco” remained in the number one spot for the third straight weekend, dealing $18.3 million in weekend sales, for a total of $135.5 million in sales in the United States and Canada. Its estimated global cumulative gross sales figure was expected to hit $389.5 million by the close of business Sunday evening.
“Justice League” was second, with $9.6 million in sales in its fourth weekend. It has a running domestic total of $212 million.
And “Wonder” was third, at $8.5 million in its fourth weekend of exhibition.
“In just a few days, one of the most anticipated movies of the year will awaken a pretty quiet December marketplace,” noted comScore movie industry analyst Paul Dergarabedian, “as Disney/Lucasfilm’s `Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ blasts its way into over 4,000 theaters.”
A family-friendly animated release from Fox, “Ferdinand The Bull,” will also go into wide release as the holiday season approaches.
This week, the other top 10 movies — as estimated by the studios and gathered by comScore — were “The Disaster Artist” ($6.4 million), “Thor: Ragnarok” ($6.3 million), “Daddy’s Home 2″ ($6 million), “Murder On The Orient Express” ($5.1 million), “The Star” ($3.7 million), “Lady Bird” ($3.5 million) and “Just Getting Started” (opening in narrow release at $3.2 million).