LOS ANGELES -- In advance of the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VIII -- The Last Jedi opening today, the weekend's box office remained virtually unchanged, with Disney's Coco maintaining the top spot for the third weekend in a row.
Despite losing 239 locations, Coco raked in about $18.4 million, a relatively small decline of 34 percent, for a cumulative gross of $135.6 million, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore.
Also unchanged, Warner Bros.' Justice League came in second place again, earning $9.6 million, a 42 percent drop, for a cumulative gross of $212 million.
Lionsgate's Wonder maintained the No. 3 spot, surpassing $100 million and becoming the studio's highest-grossing film since La La Land.
The film brought in an additional $8.4 million in its fourth week, only a 30 percent decline, for a cumulative average of $100.3 million. Produced by Lionsgate, Participant Media, Walden Media and Mandeville Films for $20 million, the film stars Jacob Tremblay (Room) and Julia Roberts.
It has been a good week for A24, with two films that have been generating Oscar buzz ranking among the top 10: Lady Bird maintained its hold despite dropping two spots to No. 9 after six weeks in theaters, and comedy The Disaster Artist rose to No. 4 after expanding nationally into 840 theaters from just 19.
Now in its second week, The Disaster Artist, which chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau's cult-classic The Room, earned $6.4 million, a 431 percent increase, for a cumulative $8 million in earnings.
The film's success -- paired with that of Wonder, Lady Bird, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Shape of Water and Call Me By Your Name -- disproves the notion that Oscar contenders generally don't perform well at the box office and marks a particularly auspicious year for indie films, while several big-budget blockbusters have disappointed.
Rounding out the top five was Disney's Thor: Ragnarok, now in its sixth week, which made $6.3 million last weekend, a 36 percent decline, for a cumulative $301 million in earnings. The film, which cost $180 million to make, also stars Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum and Tessa Thompson.
The only wide release to debut this week, Broad Green Pictures' action comedy Just Getting Started, premiered at No. 10 and earned $3.2 million.
In limited release, Fox Searchlight's Oscar-bait The Shape of Water, now in its second weekend, added 39 theaters and brought in $1.1 million, an impressive per-screen average of about 27 million for a cumulative total of about $1.4 million.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, the film stars Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaning lady working in a high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. The Shape of Water, which earned a 95 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, took the most honors at the previous weekend's Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.
Sony Classics' Call Me By Your Name, also in its third weekend, earned $285,850 across nine locations for a strong per-screen average of $31,761 and a cumulative gross of $1.4 million. Starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet and directed by Luca Guadagnino, the film was voted best picture at the L.A. Film Critics Association Awards.
Neon and 30WEST opened the Margot Robbie-led I, Tonya in four theaters this past weekend with $264,155 (a killer per-theater average of $66,039). The true story of American figure skater Tonya Harding, the film chronicles one of the biggest scandals in sports history and earned a 90 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In its third weekend, Focus Features' Darkest Hour expanded into 535 theaters and added $741,417 to its earnings for a per-screen average of $13,989 and a cumulative gross of $1.2 million. The film stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill as he attempts to unite Britain in the fight against Nazi Germany as Hitler's army rampages across Europe in 1940. John Hurt, Ben Mendelsohn and Lily James also star.
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The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:
"Coco," Disney, $18,452,315, 3,748 locations, $4,923 average, $135,658,005, 3 weeks.
"Justice League," Warner Bros., $9,664,297, 3,508 locations, $2,755 average, $212,129,668, 4 weeks.
"Wonder," Lionsgate, $8,447,762, 3,519 locations, $2,401 average, $100,300,868, 4 weeks.
"The Disaster Artist," A24, $6,366,243, 840 locations, $7,579 average, $7,963,017, 2 weeks.
"Thor: Ragnarok," Disney, $6,271,374, 3,047 locations, $2,058 average, $301,136,438, 6 weeks.
"Daddy's Home 2," Paramount, $5,919,337, 3,263 locations, $1,814 average, $91,078,796, 5 weeks.
"Murder on the Orient Express," 20th Century Fox, $5,162,331, 3,089 locations, $1,671 average, $92,769,846, 5 weeks.
"The Star," Columbia, $3,707,087, 2,976 locations, $1,246 average, $32,311,133, 4 weeks.
"Lady Bird," A24, $3,451,822, 1,557 locations, $2,217 average, $22,235,491, 6 weeks.
"Just Getting Started," Broad Green Pictures, $3,201,459, 2,161 locations, $1,481 average, $3,201,459, 1 week.
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri," Fox Searchlight, $2,862,109, 1,620 locations, $1,767 average, $18,312,393, 5 Weeks.
"A Bad Moms Christmas," STX Entertainment, $2,581,446, 2,124 locations, $1,215 average, $68,702,052, 6 weeks.
"The Shape of Water," Fox Searchlight, $1,141,546, 41 locations, $27,843 average, $1,372,554, 2 weeks.
"Roman J. Israel, Esq.," Columbia, $871,624, 1,453 locations, $600 average, $11,209,149, 4 weeks.
"Darkest Hour," Focus Features, $741,417, 53 locations, $13,989 average, $1,196,325, 3 weeks.
"The Man Who Invented Christmas," Bleecker Street, $715,800, 720 locations, $994 average, $4,346,405, 3 weeks.
"Call Me By Your Name," Sony Pictures Classics, $285,850, 9 locations, $31,761 average, $1,367,155, 3 weeks.
"Blade Runner 2049," Warner Bros., $264,527, 388 locations, $682 average, $91,252,390, 10 weeks.
"I, Tonya," Neon Rated, $264,155, 4 locations, $66,039 average, $264,155, 1 week.
"The Mountain Between Us," 20th Century Fox, $244,829, 535 locations, $458 average, $30,191,120, 10 weeks.
MovieStyle on 12/15/2017
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