Box Office: ‘Moana’ Dominates Thanksgiving Holiday With $81.1 Million

Disney is continuing its incredible dominance at the box office with its latest winner, Moana, which earned $81.1 million to top the Thanksgiving holiday.

With this debut, Moana now holds the record for the second biggest five-day Thanksgiving opening of all-time for an animated film. Its $81.1 million gross is second only to Frozen, which earned $93.6 million in its Thanksgiving opening back in 2013. However, this is just for animated films, as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire still holds the all-time five-day record for the Thanksgiving holiday, opening to $109.9 million, also in 2013.

Of course, the massive gross for Moana means Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them got knocked out of the top spot. But the Harry Potter spinoff would have claimed No. 1 by a wide margin in just about any other week, as Fantastic Beasts earned $65.8 million in its second weekend to bring its North American gross to $156.2 million. However, the success for the top two movies at the box office for the holiday weekend meant failure for some other, easily-ignored newcomers.

Rules Don’t Apply, which marked the big screen return of Warren Beatty as Howard Hughes, earned only $2.2 million for the five-day weekend. This marks one of the worst openings of all-time for a film playing in more than 2,000 theaters, and one of the worst openings of Beatty’s career, both as actor and as a director. By the same token, holiday comedy Bad Santa 2 struggled to find an audience, coming in at No. 7 with just $9 million. The budgets for these two films were in the mid-$20 million range, so while these are still bombs, the loss isn’t as large as it stands to be for the weekend’s other big newcomer, the spy drama Allied.

Allied, from Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis, pits Brad Pitt against Marion Cotillard against the backdrop of World War II. However, despite an aggressive ad campaign, the movie earned just $18 million against a budget of $85 million. While Allied did well enough to place at No. 4, it’s hard to tell if the movie will have legs in the weeks to come, or if it will continue to struggle against some of the bigger year-end blockbusters.

But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the box office? Check out the full list below:

Box Office: 'Moana' Dominates Thanksgiving Holiday With $81.1 Million

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1. Moana ($81.1 million)
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ($65.8 million)
3. Doctor Strange ($18.9 million)
4. Allied ($18 million)
5. Arrival ($11.5 million)
6. Trolls ($10.3 million)
7. Bad Santa 2 ($9 million)
8. Almost Christmas ($5.7 million)
9. Hacksaw Ridge ($5.5 million)
10. The Edge of Seventeen ($3 million)

Via: The Hollywood Reporter

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