Unlike its opening weekend, where it had to come from behind, “Coco” was dominant on every day of its second weekend. And every day represented spectacular improvements.
Friday’s $7.74 million take was a 300% improvement on its opening day, according to data from China’s Ent Group. Saturday’s $19.2 million was a 171% improvement. Sunday’s $16.8 million was a 94% outperformance. They added up to a $43.7 million second weekend, up 147% on its $18 million opening three days.
That is Disney’s second highest weekend for an animated film in China, after “Zootopia.” It was also a wide margin ahead of the film’s $26.1 million second weekend in North America.
Having come from behind in its opening a week earlier, the film has benefitted from strong word of mouth all week — despite all the ghosts that could have posed problems with China’s superstition-averse censors. Its cumulative in China now stands at $75.4 million, the third highest score in China for either a Disney or Pixar animated film.
Japanese animation, “Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side or The Bottom?” took second place with an opening weekend score of $10.6 million. The film had the second largest screen count and played a hefty 60,000 screenings per day.
“Justice League” rallied on Sunday to briefly overtake “Fireworks,” but with $8.51 million in total, it slipped to third place. After 17 days, it has a cumulative score of $98.9 million.
Chinese crime comedy, “Kill Me Please” opened in fourth place with $4.31 million. British wartime drama, “The Darkest Hour” opened in fifth place with $2.10 million. Russian war actioner, “Viking” opened in sixth with $1.74 million, and a markedly weaker per screen average than “Darkest Hour.”
John Woo’s “Manhunt” continued its dismal run, slipping to eighth with $610,000. After 10 days, it has a cumulative of just $15.5 million.
“Thor: Ragnarok” ground out a further $230,000 for a cumulative of $112 million after 31 days. German crime comedy “Four Against The Bank” opened in tenth spot with a meager $210,000.