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The Preview Reel: The Last Jedi and Ferdinand

7 hours ago

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s new wide-release movies. Coco has been dominating the box office for the last three weeks, but that will come to an end this weekend as one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, finally gets released. It’ll easily debut at number one, but it will be interesting to see just how high it debuts. Elsewhere, the animated movie, Ferdinand, looks to provide some families with counter-programming before the holiday season.

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

What we are excited about: It’s new Star Wars, what is there not to be excited about? Ever since it was announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and then Rian Johnson would direct Episode VIII, it seemed like more people were excited about Johnson’s installment than Abrams’s, »

- Scott Davis

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Box Office Weekend: Third Time’s Cool for Coco

11 December 2017 10:18 AM, PST

For the third week in a row, Disney and Pixar’s Coco held onto the top spot at the box office. Earning an estimated $18.3 million, the animated hit finished with almost twice the box office of second-place finisher Justice League, which itself brought in $9.6 million. In just three weeks, Coco has earned $135.5 million domestically. However, it’s run at the top likely comes to an end this week when Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens.

Diminishing box office continues as third-place finisher Wonder, brought in $8.5 million ($4 million less than last week). In only its second week of release, the James Franco-directed indie hit The Disaster Artist made its way into the Top Ten with $6.4 million, which was good enough to best Thor: Ragnarok’s $6.3 million and claim sole possession of fourth place. Though, the God of Thunder probably isn’t too sad as his film has already made $301.2 million during its six-week run. »

- Mike Tyrkus

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