Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This being Thanksgiving week, movies open on the Wednesday before the holiday for a five-day weekend. There are two new wide releases and one limited release all looking very promising.
There are two new wide releases, and several previously released films expanding over Thanksgiving weekend. The first is the second (and actual) Pixar film of the year: Coco, and a new take on the writing of a Christmas classic in The Man Who Invented Christmas. Both films are in the 90% range on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing.
Not too far behind is the weekend’s limited release: Darkest Hour. The Winston Churchill biopic starring Gary Oldman has been generating buzz for months as Oldman’s performance has had him in the driver’s seat for best actor. The film is currently in the mid 80% range on RT and will expand in theaters in coming weeks.
Coco (Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernel, PG, 2hr 2m)
Darkest Hour (Gary Oldman, Lily James PG-13, 2hr 5m)
The Man Who Invented Christmas (Dan Wilson, Christopher Plummer, PG, 1hr 44m)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT made the easy pick of Justice League for the win last week, but the DCEU’s team film underperformed from opening projections of $110 million, making $93.9 million, the lowest opening of any of the five DCEU films. Finishing second was Monster with $27.6 million. Thor: Ragnarok moved past the $700 million mark globally in its third week and into 7th place in U.S gross for 2017. Thanksgiving weekend will likely move it up into 6th, but then it has a ways to go before it reaches IT in 5th place.
(2017 Prediction Record: 42-5; Lifetime prediction record 80-10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
With Coco getting sterling reviews and trending well in advance ticket sales, I think that will be enough-combined with the usual sizable drop-off from big blockbusters-to make Justice League’s stay at #1 a short-lived affair. I doubt the scandal surrounding Pixar head John Lasseter is going to affect box office, and this is easily the favorite for Best Animated Feature come Oscar time. Coco for the win!