While disagreements and arguments with the family can be hard to avoid over Thanksgiving dinner, it appears nearly everyone is in agreement about Moana being another winner for Disney. As the film enjoys critical acclaim, that enthusiasm for the film has been reflected in the movies box-office gross. Variety is reporting that the Polynesian animated adventure earned $9.9 million in 3,875 locations yesterday to win Thanksgiving day.
Having already earned $25.6 million over its first two days of release, Moana is heading towards a $85 million to $90 million intake over the five-day holiday break.
This is on par with Frozen‘s box-office intake this time in 2013, which grossed $26.5 million at this point before earning a record $93.6 million over the five-day Thanksgiving break.
Meanwhile, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is on track to earn approximately $65 million over the five-day weekend for a total gross of $155 million.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange earned $2.5 million on Thanksgiving day and is on track to take in roughly $20 million by the end of the weekend. The film has earned $191.7 million in its first three weeks of release.
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the film features the voice talent of Auli‘i Cravalho as Moana, Dwayne Johnson as Maui, Jemaine Clement as Tamatoa, Nicole Scherzinger as Sina, Temuera Morrison as Chief Tui, Rachel House as Gramma Tala and Alan Tudyk as Hei Hei.
Moana is now playing in theaters!