‘Moana’ Wins Holiday Box Office With $81 Million; ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Holds Steady At No. 2

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The U.S. box office has already surpassed $10 billion thanks to films like Captain America: Civil War and most recently, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Specifically, Disney has had a phenomenal year at the box office this year, so it’s no surprise that the animated Moana took over the Thanksgiving weekend and grossed $81.1 million.

With a voice cast that includes Dwayne Johnson as the demigod Maui and music co-written by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, Moana is a solid entry to Disney’s animated film collection. It’s a spirited, diverse film with great music and lots of adventure. The film has secured one of the best Thanksgiving openings of all time, taking in second place after Disney’s Frozen. At the global box office, Moana is slowly finding its way to more theaters, and has currently made $16.3 million in only a handful of countries. When it opens in more locations worldwide, the numbers will rise.

In second place and holding steady is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with $65.8 million. The first of a five-film franchise and the second foray into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts has now grossed a total of $156.2 million domestically. Internationally, it grossed $132 million this weekend, for a worldwide box office total of $473.7 million.

Doctor Strange comes in in third place this week and has brought its domestic numbers to a total of $205.1 million. New entry Allied, a spy thriller starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, landed in fourth place with $18 million, which sounds like a decent amount. That is, until it’s discovered that it received mixed reviews and cost $85 million to make.

Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival holds at number five. New films that opened this weekend include Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply bombed with $2.2 million, while the Billy Bob Thornton-starring Bad Santa 2 only made $9 million when expected to at least land somewhere in the teens. It cost $26 million to make.

What did you see this holiday weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: THR

Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki is an entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. She's a geek, a lover of words, superheroes, and all things entertainment.

  • Chris W

    Fantastic Beasts dropped about 13% in its second weekend? Is that some kind of record for tentpole films?

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