The long Thanksgiving weekend found a few major debuts, some doing better than expected and others underperforming (Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply didn’t crack the top ten). Disney once again hits it out of the park with their latest smash Moana taking the lead.
1st place is Moana. Disney has a solid history of dominating the box office and Moana is no exception. Featuring the voice of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and original music by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), the animated feature brought in $55.5 million. The story follows Moana, a Chieftan’s daughter who tries to undo a curse incurred on the oceans of Maui. Playing in almost 4,000 screens and in 3-D, the film pleased family audiences for the holiday weekend.
2nd place is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. As expected, the Harry Potter prequel hauled in $45 million bringing the total two-week gross to an astonishing $156 million. With a script penned by J.K. Rowling herself, and a knockout performance by Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts will continue to stay in the top 10 for a while.
3rd place is Marvel’s Dr. Strange. Performing better than expected, the comic book action flick made $13.3 million bringing the four-week total to $205 million. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the title character who learns the art of magic super powers. With many other new films debuting against it, Dr. Strange has proven it’s a force to be reckoned with, and a film that will be one of the top money makers of the year.
4th place is Robert Zemeckis’ spy flick Allied with $13 million. Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star in the WWII mystery romance which received fair reviews. The R-rated drama slightly underperformed, coming out right after Brad Pitt’s controversial break-up.
5th place is Arrival. Bringing in $11.2 million, the film has now made a total of $62.3 million. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star in the highly acclaimed sci-fi drama about alien communications.
Rounding out the top 10 are: animated hit Trolls in 6th place with $10.3 million, family Christmas comedy Almost Christmas in 7th place with $7.6 million, Billy Bob Thornton sequel Bad Santa 2 in 8th place with $6.1 million, Mel Gibson’s WWII epic Hacksaw Ridge in 9th place with $5.4 million, and teen drama The Edge of Seventeen in 10th place with $2.9 million.