Thanksgiving weekend is nearly upon us, and when you're done chowing down on turkey and rushing through Black Friday sales, you might find yourself wanting to watch a movie. There are already plenty of theatrical offerings, like the latest DC Comics blockbuster Justice League, but several movies will arrive tomorrow to spice up the selection, including Pixar's Coco. Justice League and Coco will likely be the two biggest blockbuster competitors this weekend, but as things stand now, Coco stands a good chance of grabbing the #1 spot at the box office.
Coco is currently ranked at the top of Fandango's Thanksgiving weekend ticket sales, with the Pixar feature scoring a 94/100 on the Fanticipation chart. Justice League is in second place with 87 movie buzz index points, with Wonder taking third place with 73 points, Thor: Ragnarok taking fourth with 71 points and Daddy's Home 2 taking fifth with 61 points. Of the 1,000 people polled who are looking forward to seeing Coco, 96% said they're looking forward to seeing the movie because the whole family can enjoy it, 83% are Frozen fans who are eager to watch the Olaf's Frozen Adventure short that is attached to Coco, and 64% indicated that seeing a Pixar or Disney movie is a Thanksgiving tradition.
Although Justice League hasn't gotten off to the best commercial start in the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday might help turn things around for the superhero team-up movie, which has so far made over $100 million domestically. However, Coco has the advantage of being a story that can be enjoyed by moviegoers of all ages, whereas Justice League is arguably too intense for the younger ones. Let's also not forget that Coco is a self-contained theatrical experience, whereas Justice League is the fifth entry in a growing cinematic universe. Finally, if Coco follows in the footsteps of other Disney/Pixar Thanksgiving week releases like Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Moana, then it's guaranteed to be a critical and commercial powerhouse.
Based on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, Coco follows a young boy named Miguel Rivera who wants to be a musician, but must contend with his family's ban on music. Eager to be like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz, Miguel finds himself in the Land of the Dead, where he embarks on a journey with a trickster named Hector to learn the real story of his family's history. The main cast includes Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renee Victor, Alanna Ubach, Sofia Espinosa and Edward James Olmos.