We knew going in that Disney’s latest film, Coco, was going to win the box office Thanksgiving weekend, but we did not know it would win by this much. The animated film, which is a front runner for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, took home $71 million over the five-day holiday weekend.
And even though it failed to beat Frozen’s $94 million or Moana’s $82 million last year, it still dominated the box office. Its closest competitor was the disappointing Justice League, which brought in $40.7 million.
The cool thing about Coco is that it’s an even bigger hit outside the states. It’s the biggest release of all time in Mexico, and in China it was number 1 at the box office with an estimated $18.2 million over three days. The current global total for the film sits at $153.4 million.
Dave Hollis, the president of distribution for Walt Disney Studios, is not surprised by the film’s success across the world…
“Great stories can come from everywhere. They can come from all over the world, and when they’re executed as well as this is, can be relatable across languages and generations.”
For those wondering, Denzel Washington’s latest film, Roman J. Israel, Esq., did not perform well at the box office this weekend. It made just $4.5 million on over 1,600 screens across the country. The poor reviews from critics probably didn’t help.[mashshare]