Coco blows Justice League out of the water at Thanksgiving box office

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Nov 26, 2017

Even in the wake of John Lasseter's leave of absence, Pixar had a strong five-day holiday debut for its latest movie, Coco. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the animated feature about Mexico's Day of the Day has raked in $71.2 million from nearly 4,000 theaters since opening on November 22. This is the fourth-best Thanksgiving opening for the Disney-owned company after Toy Story 2, Frozen, and Moana. This latest achievement now gives Pixar a claim to seven of the highest five-day Thanksgiving openings of all time. Coco's also become the highest-grossing movie in Mexico, with $53.4 million, and globally it has made $153.4 million. 

These box-office receipts slightly exceed the predictions that the movie would finish out the weekend with $70 million while proving that the movie did indeed beat Justice League, in only its second week in theaters. Many believed the superhero flick would come in second with $60 million, and they were right ... about it coming in second. The Warner Bros.-DC offering fell just shy of the $60 million estimate, with $59.7 million, bringing its domestic total to just over $170 million. For comparison, Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok has already made over $500 million worldwide and has been in theaters for less than a month.

Not a good portent for the DC's cinematic universe, but the early negative reviews were enough to sink the ship before it was able to leave the metaphorical harbor. Fans of the Justice League and Zack Snyder used social media to try and stop the hemorrhaging, but the damage was already done. Warner Brothers is expected to lose as much as $100 million on the movie, which means there could be major shake-ups in the near future where the DCEU is concerned.

Meanwhile, Pixar is on the up-and-up with the much-anticipated Incredibles 2 coming next summer and Toy Story 4 set for 2019.