Weekend Wrap-Up

By Tim Briody

December 31, 2017

Jumanji is giving her a migraine.

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John Cena’s Ferdinand is also rescued by the holiday box office money train, to a small extent, as it adds $11.6 million, up a solid 59% from last weekend, and now has $53.9 million in the bank. I’m sure Fox was hoping for a much better performance than this as the most recently released animated film in theaters, but Jumanji proved to be the top choice of families during the holiday week. After a decent New Year’s Day, Ferdinand will begin making its way out of theaters, with about $70 million by the time it’s finished.

Coco takes sixth on the last weekend of 2017, with $6.5 million, up 22% from last weekend, and $178.9 million since opening over Thanksgiving. As we stated in its first couple weekends, making it to Christmas was key to Coco’s fortunes. It’s lagging well behind last year’s Moana, which had $210 million by this same point, but we always knew it would. What the holidays helped Coco do was no longer be the second-lowest grossing Pixar film, after the $123 million earning The Good Dinosaur. It has since passed Cars 3’s $152.9 million and A Bug’s Life’s $162.7 million and should have just enough steam left in it to pass the next films, Cars 2’s $191.4 million (not to mention the original Toy Story’s $191.7 million).

Christmas Day release All the Money in the World lands in seventh, with $5.4 million and $12.6 million since its release. I’m actually wondering how much the controversy of replacing Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer at the literal last moment helped or hurt the film’s fortunes. The curiosity of the casting change (and Golden Globe nominations possibly) seemed to work in its favor, but All the Money in the World was never going to be a world beater. The “serious” films tend to not be the ones that succeed over Christmas, anyway.




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Darkest Hour takes eighth as the film that will get Gary Oldman his second Oscar nomination (and he’s still the favorite to finally win it) earns $5.2 million on the weekend, up 36% from last weekend after adding 137 additional screens. It’s got $17.9 million in the bank so far, as between Darkest Hour and Dunkirk, the awards season takes a World War II heavy slant.

Ninth and tenth go to two of the big flops of the holiday season, social commentary Downsizing and rejected comedy Father Figures. Downsizing drops 7% from last weekend with $4.6 million and $17 million after two weekends, as it’s seemingly too high concept for audiences. Father Figures, while up 16% from last weekend to $3.7 million, has still only earned $12.7 million since its release, as audiences chose, well, literally anything else over picking the Owen Wilson/Ed Helms flop.

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Top Ten for Weekend of December 29-31, 2017
Rank
Film
Distributor
Estimated
Gross ($)
Weekly Change
Cumulative
Gross ($)
1 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Walt Disney 52.4 -27% 517.1
2 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony 50.6 +49% 169.8
3 Pitch Perfect 3 Universal 17.7 -11% 64.2
4 The Greatest Showman 20th Century Fox 15.2 +73% 48.7
5 Ferdinand 20th Century Fox 11.6 +59% 53.8
6 Coco Walt Disney 6.5 +22% 178.9
7 All the Money in the World Sony 5.4 New 12.6
8 Darkest Hour Focus Features 5.2 +36% 17.9
9 Downsizing Paramount 4.6 -7% 17.0
10 Father Figures Warner Bros. 3.7 +16% 12.7
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations

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