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"Coco" dominates North American box office in opening weekend
Last Updated: 2017-11-30 08:13 | Xinhua
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Disney and Pixar's animated "Coco" dominated North American box office with an estimated 49.02 million U.S. dollars in its opening weekend, dethroning big-budget superhero film "Justice League."

The film has brought in a projected 71.2 million U.S. dollars from theaters in North America for a five-day Thanksgiving debut since its release last Wednesday. It has earned an estimated 153.4 million U.S. dollars to date worldwide.

"Coco" tells the story of 12-year-old boy, Miguel, who dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events.

"Coco" has been embraced by both critics and audiences. "The film is an instant classic with comScore's PostTrak audience survey showing a perfect 5 out of 5 star score from audiences who are giving 'Coco' a whopping 77 percent 'definite recommend' and a full 20 percent saying they would watch it again in a theater," wrote movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore in an email to Xinhua.

A solid if not record breaking Thanksgiving frame is led by "Coco" and is bolstered by the second weekend of Warner Bros.' "Justice League" and crowd favorite, Lionsgate's "Wonder," according to Dergarabedian.

In second place, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment's "Justice League" brought in an estimated 40.73 million U.S. dollars in its second weekend, pushing its 10-day cume to 171.54 million U.S. dollars in North America.

"Justice League" is based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, consisting of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is the fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe.

Directed by Zack Snyder, the film features an ensemble cast of iconic DC characters as portrayed by Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, and Ray Fisher.

Lionsgate's heartwarming and brilliant "Wonder" continued to charm and move audiences in its second weekend, taking in an estimated 22.3 million U.S. dollars in the third place.

Based on the 2012 children's novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio, the film is directed by Stephen Chbosky and starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay.

Disney and Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok" landed in the fourth place with an estimated 16.79 million dollars in its fourth weekend, pushing its total to 277.5 million dollars after 24 days in North American theaters.

Paramount's Christmas-themed comedy "Daddy's Home 2" finished fifth with an estimated 13.25 million U.S. dollars in its third weekend, bringing its 17-day cume to 72.66 million U.S. dollars in North America.

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