Moana reigned once again over an almost identical top 5, showing the kind of staying power that could eventually push it past $250 million in the US.
Moana made another $28.3 million, down 50.1% from its opening weekend. Usually the week after Thanksgiving movies tend to lose around 55-60%, so Moana‘s 50.1% is really good. Actually it’s even better than the 2nd weekend drops of both Tangled (-55.7%) and Frozen (-53.1%). That right there bodes very well for Moana‘s box office legs. With $121.2 million in 13 days, I’d say $250+ million domestically is a safe bet for the animation’s final take. But what about $300 million? After all Frozen ended up with $400.7 million, right? You see that was more of a lightning in a bottle sort of thing while Moana is closer to Tangled or really anything else Disney that’s not Frozen or The Lion King. Now I’m not saying $300 million is out of the question for Moana, because it’s definitely still in question.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them brought $18.1 million in 2nd, off by 59.8%. That’s very much in line with the first Harry Potter film (-58.9%) and much better than the others released in the same November window. With $184.3 million (entering 2016’s top 10) and counting, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them continues to be on track for $220-230 million or so in the US. As long as the series can stay above $200 million, Warner Bros. will be more than happy to release more.
Arrival moved up to 3rd with $7.3 million, down just 36.6%, a top 10 best. This is making me pretty happy because it’s another sci-fi hit, not to mention one of the best movies of 2016. Right now Arrival has $73.7 million domestically and I believe $90 million should be well within its reach. Make it good and “they will come”… most of the time. Glad they did here.
Allied stayed in 4th with $7 million, losing 44.7% versus last frame. Not bad, also not good either since the World War II film only has $29.5 million after 13 days. At the very least it’s showing decent box office legs, could maybe reach $50 million in the US. Of course that’s not really enough for this $85 million film.
Doctor Strange rounds out the top 5 with $6.7 million, down 51.3%. Marvel’s latest is currently at $216 million domestically and will continue to slowly wind down to a final total of about $230 million.
As expected Incarnate was a non-started in 9th with a 2.5 million opening weekend. Same for Believe in 18th with $0.5 million from 638 theaters. A lot more impressive was the expansion of Manchester by the Sea, which added 108 theaters (156 right now) and made $2.3 million in 11th ($4.3 million so far).