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‘Coco’ reigns at weekend box office, but ‘Disaster Artist’ and ‘I, Tonya’ thrive

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There was a sense of déjà vu at the weekend box office, with the top three movies remaining the same from last week as Hollywood settles into a holding pattern awaiting the arrival of Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.

Disney and Pixar’s animated feature Coco was the weekend’s top movie for the third straight week, topping Warner Bros. Pictures’ underperforming superhero team-up film Justice League once again. Coco follows in the footsteps of last year’s animated feature Moana — another Disney movie — which won the weekend box office every week following its Thanksgiving debut, right up until the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The entire top ten wasn’t a holdover from last week, though, as a few new films appeared among the weekend’s highest-grossing movies.

# Title  Weekend    U.S. Total   Worldwide Total 
1. Coco $18.3M $135.5M $389.5M
2. Justice League  $9.5M $212M $613.3M
3. Wonder $8.4M $100.3M $129.6M
4. The Disaster Artist  $6.4M $8M $9.7M
5. Thor: Ragnarok $6.2M $301.1M $833.1M
6. Daddy’s Home 2 $6M $91.1M $142.3M
7. Murder on the Orient Express  $5.1M $92.7M $274.7M
8. The Star $3.6M $32.2M $36.8M
9. Lady Bird $3.5M $22.3M $22.3M
10. Just Getting Started $3.1M $3.1M $3.1M

Coming in fourth over the weekend was James Franco’s The Disaster Artist — a comedy chronicling the creation of one of Hollywood’s most infamously terrible movies, The Room. After an impressive premiere in just 19 theaters last week that raked in more than $63,000 per theater, the film expanded to 840 theaters this week and cracked the weekend’s top five films with $6.4 million, giving it a still-impressive $7,661 per theater in its second week.

Given the warm welcome The Disaster Artist has received from critics and audiences, the film is poised for a strong run in theaters now that it’s going wide.

The only new release to make it into the weekend’s top ten films was the comedy Just Getting Started, which only managed a meager $3.1 million from its debut in more than 2,100 theaters. Combined with its “C” grade on audience polling site CinemaScore and a painfully bad 9-percent positive review rating on RottenTomatoes, the film is likely to disappear from theaters before anyone even knows it’s there.

Although it didn’t make it into the weekend’s top ten films, Margot Robbie’s biopic of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, I, Tonya, premiered in just four theaters but earned $245,602 from its limited release. The film’s per-theater average of $61,401 and the Oscar buzz it’s already receiving certainly bodes well for its wider theatrical run in the weeks to come.

The upcoming weekend’s biggest movie is a foregone, with The Last Jedi hitting theaters with a high likelihood of setting a host of box-office records. The latest installment of what is arguably the biggest movie franchise of all time, The Last Jedi is the direct sequel to 2015’s Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, the highest-grossing movie of all time in U.S. theaters and the third highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide.

The only other noteworthy film arriving in theaters is the animated feature Ferdinand, which could carve out a nice debut as the next major, family-friendly animated film to kick off its theatrical run after Coco.

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Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce Knowles in South Africa for Mandela 100 concert.

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Celebrated American television host and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey has urged young people in South Africa not to give up on their dreams, asking them to emulate the country’s first black president Nelson Mandela.

Oprah, who was delivering a keynote address at the University of Johannesburg, also shared fond memories of her time spent with the global icon.

“Nelson Mandela’s life story is a testament to the power of the human spirit and one man’s ability to change the world by standing up for what he believed in,” said Oprah.



“It is one of the great honors of my life to have spent so much time with him, and I look forward to celebrating his courageous life.”

Oprah, who runs a girls school in South Africa, is also scheduled to speak at the Global Citizen: Mandela 100 concert, on Sunday.

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The concert, which is part of a campaign on the Global Goals to end extreme poverty, will be headlined by leading artists from across the world including Beyonce, JAY-Z, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Williams, Usher and Chris Martin.

Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj and Femi Kuti are also lined up to perform.

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World leaders including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo are also expected to attend the festival.

This significant event not only honours the legacy of one of the greatest global citizens of our time, but provides a powerful platform for youth around the world to make a positive and tangible contribution for people and planet,” said UN Deputy SG Amina Mohammed.

Responding to Nelson Mandela’s call for this to be the generation that ends extreme poverty, artists and leaders will be joined by 100,000 Global Citizens who’ve taken action on the Global Citizen social advocacy platform to earn free tickets to the festival at FNBStadium in Johannesburg.

Global Citizen’s campaign aims to rally $1 billion in new commitments, with $500 million of that set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide.

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Celebrities grace Mickey Mouse’s 90th celebrations at Disneyland Paris

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18 November marks 90 years since the first appearance of Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie in November 1928 and the face of Disney is being celebrated worldwide.




Mickey along with his friends and some British celebs celebrated his 90th year at Disneyland Paris over the weekend and, as always, it was an event to remember.

During an onstage extravaganza Minnie and Mickey were joined by Swedish singer Zara Larsson, who sang Happy Birthday along with the crowd.


British celebs including McFly’s Danny Jones, his wife Georgia and their 9-month-old son, Cooper also posed for photos with Mickey and his friends at the event.


South Africa joined the global celebration in October with an exclusive local design project where ten highly talented local artists applied their own inspiration and artistic interpretation on 6-foot Mickey Mouse statues.

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The statues formed part of the Mickey the True Original South African Exhibition which travelled to three cities throughout October and November.

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