Moana is quickly on the road to being number one at the box office this weekend with impressive Thanksgiving hauls. The film brought in $21.8 million Friday and is on track to hit over the projected $80 million for the full holiday weekend.
The film is outpacing Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, which is in its second week in theaters and will likely come in second with $18.6 million on Friday. Moana is being praised by both critics and fans alike with a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, but is not expected to beat Frozen‘s $93.6 million opening.
The top 5 in the box office Friday were:
1. Moana: $21.8 million
2. Fantastic Beasts: $18.6 million
3. Doctor Strange: $5.4 million
4. Allied: $4.9 million
5. Arrival: $4.5 million
Moana should rank number 3 among thanksgiving openings after Catching Fire‘s 109.9 million and Frozen.
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 Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-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.
Moana is currently in theaters.