Coco Box Office Reaches $280M Globally, Disaster Artist Opens Strong

Coco box office reaches $ 280M globally, Disaster Artist opens strong

Disney•Pixar‘s Coco easily won the box office a second-straight weekend with $ 26.1 million to take its North American total to $ 108.7 million. Internationally, the film debuted in new markets such as France, Germany, and Spain, and collected another $ 69 million, for an overseas total of $ 171.3 million and worldwide sum of $ 280 million. $ 75.6 million of the international total has come from China, while the total in Mexico is up to $ 55.6 million. Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, Coco features the voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Edward James Olmos, Alanna Ubach, and more.

Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Justice League remained in second place with $ 16.6 million, taking its domestic total to $ 197.3 million after three weeks in theaters. The comic book movie added $ 35.7 million from 20,375 screens in 66 overseas markets, pushing its international total to $ 370.1 million. The global total so far is $ 567.4 million, with $ 98.5 million of that number coming from China alone. Comparing the movie to previous DC Comics films, Man of Steel grossed $ 668 million worldwide, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice took in $ 873.3 million, Suicide Squad earned $ 745.6 million, and Wonder Woman brought in $ 821.8 million. Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J.K. Simmons.

In third place a second week, Lionsgate’s Wonder grossed $ 12.5 million and is now up to $ 88 million domestically after three weeks. Overseas, Wonder added $ 7.8 million from 46 markets and has grossed $ 12.2 million, for a worldwide total of $ 100.2 million. Directed by Stephen Chbosky, Wonder stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Daveed Diggs, and Noah Jupe.

The fourth spot again belonged to Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, which made another $ 9.7 million domestically and $ 6.5 million internationally this weekend. The film has now earned $ 291.4 million in North America and $ 525 million overseas, for a global total of $ 816.4 million. The first Thor earned $ 449.3 million worldwide and Thor: The Dark World took in $ 644.5 million globally. Made for $ 180 million, the Taika Waititi-directed Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.

Rounding out the top five was Paramount Pictures’ Daddy’s Home 2, directed by Sean Anders and starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow, and Mel Gibson. The sequel, produced for $ 69 million, earned $ 7.5 million and has earned $ 82.8 million domestically after four weeks. Internationally, the comedy added $ 15.6 million this weekend in 49 markets and has now grossed $ 34 million. In 2015, the first Daddy’s Home earned $ 150 million domestically and $ 92.4 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $ 242.8 million.

20th Century Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express took in $ 6.7 million in sixth place and has now grossed $ 84.7 million domestically after four weeks. Overseas, the film made $ 23.1 million in 68 markets this weekend to take its international sum to $ 152.7 million and worldwide total to $ 237.4 million. Made for $ 55 million and directed by Kenneth Branagh, the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel features a large ensemble cast that includes Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Judi Dench, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, Lucy Boynton, Sir Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Sergei Polunin, and Willem Dafoe.

Also, Focus Features’ Lady Bird added $ 4.5 million from 1,194 theaters and has earned $ 17 million after five weeks, while Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also added $ 4.5 million from 1,430 theaters and is up to $ 13.7 million after four weeks.

Two films impressed in limited release this weekend. James Franco’s The Disaster Artist (A24) was released in 19 theaters, where it earned $ 1.2 million, an average of $ 64,254 per location. The award-winning film will expand to approximately 800 screens next weekend. Directed by and starring James Franco, the film co-stars Dave Franco and Seth Rogen. Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight Pictures) debuted in just two theaters, where the film grossed $ 166,800, or $ 83,400 per theater. The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer.

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‘Transformers 5’ Opens with Franchise Low as ‘Wonder Woman’ Surpasses ‘Batman v Superman’ Domestically

Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight took the #1 spot this weekend as expected, but that opening was the lowest the franchise has seen thus far by a rather significant margin as a lot of attention will now turn toward the film’s international run. Meanwhile, WB’s Wonder Woman is still tearing up the box office as it has now become the highest grossing release within the DC Extended Universe and it is showing little sign of stopping. Only one of the previous four Transformers featu…
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Theme Park Bits: ‘Race Through New York’ Opens, Disney Pandora Invites, and Weird New Patents

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Watch Jimmy Fallon tour the new Race Through New York ride at Universal Studios.
  • And also watch Fallon “crash” the line for the new ride.
  • A new video explores how Disney Imagineers worked with James Cameron on Pandora: The World of Avatar.
  • Nifty packages have gone out to invite people to visit Pandora.
  • Both Disney and Universal have filed some very intriguing patents.
  • And more!

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon has officially opened at Universal Studios Florida and cameras were on hand for Fallon’s first trip through the finished attraction. While early reactions to the ride have been mixed, one thing is certain: that is one impressively designed queue. And it’s more than just an aesthetically interesting experience. There’s no regular line for this ride. Instead, there’s a “virtual queue” where riders can lounge around the open space and explore, waiting for their time to ride. It’s essentially an evolution on the Fastpass/Express system that has become more common in theme parks in recent years.

And while we’re still on the subject of this queue line, Fallon himself showed up to provide live entertainment to the guests waiting.

Disney has released a new video on Pandora: The World of Avatar focusing on how the Disney Imagineers collaborated with director James Cameron and the rest of the Avatar filmmaking team to bring the new land to life. Not featured: all of the screaming and yelling and crying that goes into any endeavor of this size.

Select members of the press were sent nifty video invitations to visit Walt Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar. Richard Bilbao shared the details on Twitter, offering a look at the packaging and the video itself. With the land officially opening next month, we will soon be seeing a whole lot more.

Legendary Disney Imagineer George McGinnis has passed away at the age of 87. The last Imagineer personally hired by Walt Disney, McGinnis was with WDI for decades, designing Epcot’s great Horizons and working on both versions of Space Mountain. Disney And More has published an in-depth obituary, should you want to know more (and you do want to know more).


Disney has filed a patent for “soft body robots” to interact with guests in their parks. In other words, it sounds like the company is looking to upgrade the entire “people in suits take pictures with your children” thing. Yes, this does sound like Westworld. Anyway, the patent is “designed for reducing collision impacts during human interaction” and states that “Robots can be found providing interactive guidance or entertainment in stores and amusement parks and in more dynamic settings.” While they don’t come and say it, the intentions here are obvious: Disney wants a Baymax character in their parks and they want a literal robot for the job.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! has proven controversial amongst hardcore Disney theme park aficionados, but it already has one fan: Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who sang its praises on Twitter while sharing some new art.

A new stage adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is coming to Disney cruise lines. For a behind-the-scenes look at how the show is coming together, you can check out the video above.

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Universal Studios has filed a patent for ride technology involving a moving vehicle, a tunnel, and a new projector system. As is always the case with stories like this, it’s not clear if this is something Universal is actually pursuing or something they’re patenting just in case. However, they do have two major vehicle-themed rides in development: Fast and Furious: Supercharged and the Mario Kart ride coming to their upcoming Nintendo land.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Opens March 2018!

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Opens March 2018!

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 opens March 2018!

Wreck-It Ralph is escaping out of his arcade and into the expansive universe of the internet next year when Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 hits the big screen. Dave Hollis, head of distribution for The Walt Disney Studios, revealed the much-anticipated sequel’s title and told CinemaCon attendees that Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer would be returning to the roster with John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman.

Also returning are the team behind the original Wreck-It Ralph, who won an Oscar last month for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ billion-dollar-box-office-blockbuster Zootopia. Directors Rich Moore (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons) and Phil Johnston (writer, Wreck-It Ralph, Zootopia, Cedar Rapids), and producer Clark Spencer (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt) are hard at work on the movie. “To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore,” said Moore. “Our production team has been hard at work designing a world that takes something we all think we know – the internet – but shows it in a whole new, imaginative way.”

Added Johnston, “We’re so excited to be working with Ralph, Vanellope von Schweetz, Fix-It Felix and Sergeant Calhoun again, and we have new characters we look forward to unveiling. At the center of this film, as in the first one, is the relationship between Ralph and Vanellope, two once-outcasts, who in each other, found true friendship.”

When Wreck-It Ralph opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for best animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph won the PGA Award for outstanding producer of an animated theatrical motion picture as well as five Annie Awards, including best animated feature, director, cast and screenplay. The film was named best animated feature by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, earned outstanding achievement in casting for an animated feature by the Casting Society of America, and won the Kids’ Choice Award for favorite animated movie.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 hits U.S. theaters on March 9, 2018.

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Beauty and the Beast Reaches $690M, Power Rangers Opens to $40.5M

Beauty and the Beast Reaches $  690M, Power Rangers Opens to $  40.5M

Beauty and the Beast reaches $ 690M, Power Rangers opens to $ 40.5M

Beauty and the Beast added an estimated $ 88.3 million domestically and $ 119.2 million internationally this weekend to push its global total to $ 690.3 million ($ 317 million domestic, $ 373.3 million international) after two weeks. Now the #1 movie of 2017 domestically and globally, this is the fourth consecutive Walt Disney Studios release to surpass the $ 600 million mark globally, following Doctor Strange, Moana, and Rogue One. Domestically, Beauty and the Beast dropped just -49% from its substantial opening weekend ($ 174.8 million), bringing the 10-day total to $ 317 million. That’s the fourth-largest 10-day total for any film, as well as the fourth-largest second weekend of all-time.

Internationally, Beauty and the Beast opened strongly in France, Australia and Argentina this week, especially Argentina where it was the second-highest live-action admissions opening in industry history. In the UK/Ireland, Beauty and the Beast delivered the third-biggest second weekend ever (behind only Skyfall and SPECTRE) and March’s biggest ever second weekend. The film has yet to open in Japan (April 21). In IMAXBeauty and the Beast had another fairy tale weekend, delivering $ 8.1 million globally on 617 screens. The worldwide total in IMAX is now $ 33.6 million after only 10 days.

Made for $ 160 million and directed by Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as Lefou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

Lionsgate’s Power Rangers opened in second place in North America with a strong $ 40.5 million from 3,693 theaters, an average of $ 10,967 per location. Internationally, however, the big-screen adaptation debuted with just $ 18.7 million from 62 markets, for a global weekend of $ 59.2 million. Made for $ 100 million, the film received an A CinemaScore from audiences. The Dean Israelite-directed Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, and Bill Hader.

Dropping one spot to third was Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island, which added $ 14.4 million domestically its third weekend, for a total of $ 133.5 million. Fueled by outstanding openings in China ($ 72.1 million) and Japan ($ 3.5 million), Kong: Skull Island surpassed $ 200 million internationally, with a monster-sized $ 93 million on 28,900 screens in 67 markets! The international total is now $ 258.6 million and the worldwide total has reached $ 392.1 million. The Jordan Vogt-Roberts film stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary and John C. Reilly. It was made for $ 185 million.

Sony Pictures’ sci-fi thriller Life, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds, opened to $ 12.6 million in the fourth spot. The Daniel Espinosa-directed film averaged $ 4,005 in 3,146 theaters. Receiving just a C+ CinemaScore from audiences, Life cost $ 58 million to make.

The James Mangold-directed Logan (20th Century Fox) rounded out the top five with $ 10.1 million to push its four-week domestic total to $ 201.5 million. Made for $ 97 million, the R-rated film stars Hugh Jackman in his last appearance as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart in his last turn as Charles Xavier, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Dafne Keen.

In sixth place, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions’ Get Out earned another $ 8.7 million to bring its five-week total to $ 147.5 million. Internationally, the film has earned $ 7 million. Made for just $ 4.5 million, the Jordan Peele film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones and Catherine Keener.

Moviegoers didn’t show much interest in the other wide release, Warner Bros.’ CHIPS. Written and directed by Dax Shepard, and starring Shepard, Michael Pena, Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, and Vincent D’Onofrio, the adaptation debuted with just $ 7.6 million from 2,464 theaters, an average of $ 3,084. Made for $ 25 million, the comedy received a B- CinemaScore.

Fox Searchlight’s Wilson, starring Woody Harrelson, was in a similar situation, earning just $ 330,000 from 310 theaters, an average of $ 1,065 per theater.

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Disney’s ‘Beauty’ Delivers Beastly Second Weekend, While ‘Power Rangers’ Opens with $40.5M

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast delivered a monster second weekend, pulling in enough to make it the fourth largest second weekend of all-time and pushing the film over $ 315 million in a matter of just ten days. Added to that, Lionsgate’s release of Saban’s Power Rangers debuted in second place and proved there was still an audience for the franchise that began in the early ’90s. Meanwhile, Sony’s Life didn’t show much of it and WB’s CHiPs finished mostly as expected, settling in the lower ha…
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