Box Office: ‘Moana’ Holds Onto No. 1 Spot With $28.4 Million
Another week, another Disney film tops the box office in what’s been a record-setting year for The Mouse: Moana held onto the top spot for the second consecutive weekend, racking up $28.4 million at the box office.
Granted, this is typically a pretty so-so weekend for films in general, coming after the Thanksgiving holiday. But Moana managed to retain the No. 1 spot with a relatively slim 50 percent drop in business. Not even Frozen could post such a minimal decline (that movie dropped 53 percent in its second weekend in 2013). With this weekend’s gross, Moana has earned $119.9 million in North American and $177.4 million internationally, bringing its worldwide gross to a whopping $377.3 million in just two weeks.
Adding to Disney’s victory is Doctor Strange, which rounded out this week’s Top 5, earning $6.5 million for a domestic haul of $215.3 million in its first full month of release.
But the non-Moana holdover that’s doing the best of all is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which held onto the No. 2 spot with $18.5 million to bring its domestic gross to $183.5 million. This represents an impressive drop of only 59 percent in its third weekend, illustrating that the Harry Potter brand still has a lot of viability at the box office. The film was the No. 1 movie overseas for the third consecutive week, raking in $60.4 million from 67 markets to bring its international total to $424.4 million and over $600 million worldwide.
Trailing just behind Fantastic Beasts is Arrival, which earned $7.3 million in its fourth week to come in at No. 3, narrowly eking past Allied, which lands at No. 4 with $7.1 million.
However, the news was less positive for the weekend’s only wide release newcomer: Incarnate – Killswitch Engage earned just $2.6 million to debut at No. 9. If there’s a silver lining in any of this, it’s that the movie cost only $5 million to make, so there’s a lower threshold to clear for this film to achieve profit. But it’s still got to be a disappointing opening, especially considering there aren’t any other horror options in wide release competing for horror fans’ business.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the box office? Check out the full list below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 12/05/2016
1. Moana ($28.4 million)
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ($18.5 million)
3. Arrival ($7.3 million)
4. Allied ($7.1 million)
5. Doctor Strange ($6.5 million)
6. Trolls ($4.6 million)
7. Hacksaw Ridge ($3.4 million)
8. Bad Santa 2 ($3.3 million)
9. Incarnate – Killswitch Engage ($2.6 million)
10. Almost Christmas ($2.5 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the theaters this weekend, and what do you want to see at the movies in the weeks to come? Sound off in the comments!
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