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Weekend Box Office: Tommy and Tonya ride again

Photos: NEON/Justina Mintz for A24

Coco dominated the U.S. box office for a third week in a row this past weekend, proving that Pixar didn’t really need to put that interminable Frozen short in front of it to get American audiences to go see a movie about a Latinx family. The Day of the Dead-themed fantasy brought in an additional $34 million as it remained static in 3,987 U.S. theaters this weekend, demonstrating staying power comparable to last year’s family-friendly pre-Christmas hit, Moana. Expect some of those screens to kick Coco to the curb this coming Thursday, though, as America’s theater managers prepare for Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi’s Death Star-sized debut.

The rest of the top five remained relatively stagnant with Justice League at No. 2 and Wonder at No. 3, followed by a tale of triumph worthy of its ultimate underdog subject: The Disaster Artist made a dramatic jump from No. 12 to No. 4, fueled by a respectable $7,661 per-screen average on each of its 840 screens. (That’s 821 screens up from its 19-screen limited-release debut last weekend.) A tongue-in-cheek biopic about a crazed megalomaniac with a shady past and an total lack of self-awareness is apparently just the right temperature for audiences—and critics, save for a few exceptions like our own Ignatiy Vishnevetsky—in 2017, if only because Tommy Wiseau, unlike some other delusional narcissists we could name, doesn’t have the ability to start a nuclear war.


Speaking of pop-cultural punchlines, I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie as the vilified Olympic figure skater from the wrong side of Portland, followed in The Disaster Artist’s footsteps with a strong limited debut at No. 19, pulling in an average of $61,401 on each of its four screens. The film—which, like The Disaster Artist, is garnering awards buzz for its eerily on-point lead performance—is currently playing in New York and L.A., with a traditional platform rollout from up-and-coming distributor Neon continuing into January. A more cautious release might have helped the week’s sole wide-release debut, Just Getting Started, which flopped at No. 10, only pulling in $1,472 on each of its 2,161 screens. Then again, based on the abysmal reviews the film has been getting—when it’s getting reviewed at all—maybe not.

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