Box Office: ‘Moana’ Continues to Win at the Box Office

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(DECEMBER 2 – DECEMBER 4, 2016 estimates)

  1. Moana(Week 2) – $28,373,000
  2. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Week 3) – $18,545,000
  3. Arrival(Week 4) – $7,300,000
  4. Allied(Week 2) – $7,050,000
  5. Doctor Strange(Week 5) – $6,486,000
  6. Trolls(Week 5) – $4,600,000
  7. Hacksaw Ridge(Week 5) – $3,400,000
  8. “Bad Santa 2” (Week 2) – $3,288,699
  9. “Incarnate” (Opening) – $2,659,000
  10. “Almost Christmas” (Week 4) – $2,500,350

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  • moana-1Disney was able to hold fast to their first place throne with “Moana.” The animated feature lost half of its business, still good enough for first place at the box office. Comparatively, both “Frozen” and “Tangled” lost slightly more box office in their second weekend following Thanksgiving. This brings the film’s domestic total to $119 million and worldwide total to $177 million. The film should easily be able to pass $200 million domestically at this rate. The real test will be to see how strong the film performs over the holiday season. That’s the difference between $200 million and a “Frozen”-like $400 million box office.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” seemed to be hurt the most following the Thanksgiving boost. The film dropped 58 percent, the steepest drop in the top 10. However, it is hard to fault the film in any regard to box office performance. This weekend got the film one step closer to the $200 million mark, as its domestic total stands at $183 million. The real story is overseas, as the film’s worldwide gross grew to a remarkable $607 million. If the film is able to perform well over the holidays, that worldwide number could continue to soar, possibly near the billion mark.
  • Winter’s new sleeper hit continued to hold strong following a fantastic Thanksgiving performance. The sci-fi drama “Arrival saw a 36 percent decline in its fourth weekend. This was the smallest drop in the top 10. The film’s domestic total now stands at a robust $73 million, with a $100 million gross well in its sights. Worldwide, the film has already crossed that boundary with $105 million in receipts. It will be interesting to see how its awards prospects help fuel future box office growth.
  • The spy romance “Allied had a respectable second weekend, following a muted Thanksgiving debut. After a decline of 44 percent, the film raised its total to $28 million domestic, a distressing number for the $85 million-budgeted film. The worldwide total of $53 million isn’t too encouraging either. Domestically, the film is outpacing the bomb “Alexander,” but falling behind “Australia” at the same point.
  • Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” continued its incredibly strong box office run. The superhero film dropped 52 percent in its fifth weekend. Still, its overall performance sings the tune of $215 million domestic and $634 million worldwide. This puts it solidly as the ninth largest MCU film domestically, as it is unlikely to best “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at $259 million. Worldwide, it is only $10 million away from beating “Thor: The Dark World” to be the seventh highest grossing MCU film worldwide.
  • The animated film “Trolls” had a hard time recovering from the Thanksgiving holiday. The film plummeted 56 percent in its fifth weekend. Still, the film has a fantastic domestic total of $141 million and an even more robust worldwide total of $296 million. In just days, the film will sail past the $300 million mark. Not bad for the nostalgic gamble, which carried with it a $125 million price tag.
  • Following a surprise showing at the Critics’ Choice awards, “Hacksaw Ridge” saw a strong performance in its fifth weekend. The film eased a nimble 38 percent, for a $3.4 million weekend. This brings the war drama’s domestic total box office to $57 million. If the film has a similarly strong showing at the Golden Globes and guild awards, it should be able to pass the $75 million total of “Braveheart.” Worldwide, the film has already grossed $75 million.
  • The holiday sequel “Bad Santa 2” had a modest second weekend in theaters. The film dropped 46 percent, bringing its domestic total to $14 million. Even against a modest budget of $26 million, the film isn’t able to rise to modest expectations. It will be hard for the film to stick around through Christmas.
  • The lone new wide release this weekend, “Incarnate,” made nary a noise in the first week of December. The horror film was only able to scare up $2.6 million from 1,737 theaters. The film does have a production budget of only $5 million, which makes this a very low risk failure.  Still, the fact that it opened even below the recent horror bomb “Shut In” isn’t particularly encouraging.
  • While Christmas has yet to come for all of us, it seems to have already passed for “Almost Christmas.” The film dropped 56 percent following the Thanksgiving holiday, where the film saw an uptick in business. It should vanish from the top 10 before Christmas comes around. Currently the film’s total stands at a strong $38 million. This is far above the film’s $17 million budget.

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  • manchesterIn the speciality box office, “Manchester by the Sea” led the charge, nearly entering the top 10. The Kenneth Lonergan Oscar hopeful grossed $2.3 million after expanding to 156 theaters. This was good enough to be 11th on the box office charts. Its per-theater average of $15,151 bodes well over the next few weeks as the film expands. If the film does as well as expected at the Golden Globes and SAG nominations, it should take the box office by storm throughout the holidays. Currently the film’s box office total stands at $4.4 million.
  • “Incarnate” wasn’t the only bomb to open this weekend. The faith-based film “Believe” had issues finding a congregation. Despite opening in 639 theaters, the film was only able to muster up $602,000 for the weekend. That led to a pathetic per-theater average of $943. The film should vanish from theaters before Christmas arrives.
  • Pablo Larrain’s Jackie Kennedy biopic “Jackie” won the best per-theater average of the week. The Natalie Portman starrer opened in five theaters, grossing $275,000. That was good enough for a per-theater average of $55,000. After stumbling without a Best Picture nomination at the Critics’ Choice, hopefully the film can pick up steam as it picks up awards.

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