‘Coco’ Has Handily Beaten ‘Justice League’ And ‘Thor’ In China; Next Target: Its Own U.S. Gross
In its third weekend of release in China, Coco made quick handiwork of the season’s two big Hollywood superhero movies, racing past Justice League’s $103 million PRC gross and Thor: Ragnarok’s $112 million on Saturday, when it notched an extraordinary $15.8 million, a scant 18 percent drop from the previous Saturday.
With its accelerating momentum Coco is now earning more on a daily basis in China than it is in North America. For the weekend just ended it hauled in $34.75 million from the Middle Kingdom’s multiplexes, nearly double the $18.3 million it collected in North America.
Coco’s 18-day cume (including Monday) now stands at $129.9 million in China, versus the picture’s 19-day North American total of $135.5 million through Sunday. By the end of this week China should overtake the North American numbers.
Coco could have conceivably made a go at the all-time Chinese animation box office record of $235 million that’s held by Disney’s Zootopia, were it not for the slew of competing holiday releases that will take a big bite out of the Pixar toon’s screen count. But it will easily leapfrog Despicable Me 3 ($152.6 million), Monkey King: Hero is Back ($154 million), and Kung Fu Panda 3 ($154.4 million) to become the territory’s 2nd biggest-grossing animated film ever.
After that, the next best target for Coco will be to overtake Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales at $172.2 million to claim bragging rights as Disney’s biggest film of the year in China. If Coco gets a 30-day extension of its PRC theatrical release, which most Hollywood animated hits do, it stands a good chance of slipping past Pirates, and perhaps reaching the rarefied RMB1.2 billion / $181 million mark, which would make it the third highest-grossing Hollywood import and the eighth highest grossing film overall this year in China.
When it gets to $147 million, which it will most likely reach next weekend, Coco will also have single-handedly out-earned all 11 of the previous Pixar releases in China combined.