Box Office: Disney’s ‘Moana’ Topped a Quiet Weekend Taking $18.8-M

Box Office: Disney’s ‘Moana’ Topped a Quiet Weekend Taking $18.8-M

Box Office: Disney’s ‘Moana’ Topped a Quiet Weekend Taking $18.8-M

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Disney Animation Studios’ (NYSE:DIS) Moana topped a relatively quiet weekend at the North American box office with $18.8-M from 3,875 theaters in its 3rd winning frame.

The only new film opening nationwide was Paramount’s Office Christmas Party, an ensemble comedy earning a solid $17.5-M from 3,210 theaters.

Overseas, Moana grossed another $23.5-M for a global take of $238.8-M.

Next weekend, Disney will continue to own the Top Spot when Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star War Story opens around the world.

Illumination Entertainment and Universal’s animated tentpole Sing debuted early in its 1st 12 foreign markets this weekend, earning $9.6-M. Sing rolls out on 21 December in the US

Office Christmas Party debuted to $16.3-M offshore for a global box office of $33.9-M. The R-rated comedy is about a group of employees trying to win over a prospective client by throwing a decadent Holiday bash, cost $45-M to make, and earned a B CinemaScore.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them placed # 3 with $10.8-M from 3,626 theaters, and will cross the $200-M mark Monday. Globally, the Warner Bros. tentpole has now grossed a hearty $680-M after once again topping the foreign chart with $33.1-M.

Sy-Fy drama Arrival at $5.6-M, and Doctor Strange at $4.6-M rounded out the Top 5 in North America.

At the specialty box office as awards season heats up the Golden Globe nominations will be announced Monday morning

The critically acclaimed musical La La Land, broke records in its New York and Los Angeles debut. The pic, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, danced to $855,000 from 5 theaters in NYC and LA for a massive location average of $171,000.

Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) and Black Label media co-financed the $30-M La La Land, an ode to Hollywood musicals. The film played older as expected, with 53% of the audience over the age of 30. It will expand into 300 theaters this Friday.

A number of awards contenders expanded at the box office over the weekend.

Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, which upped its theater count from 127 locations to more than 1,000 in its 4th frame. The Focus Features release moved up the chart with $3.19-M for a domestic total of $6.2-M.

Manchester by the Sea continued to prosper. The Amazon Studios (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Roadside Attractions release earned $3.16-M for a domestic box office of $8.3-M.

EuropaCorp’s film Miss Sloane expanded nationwide. The political thriller, starring Jessica Chastain, placed # 11 with $1.9-M for a domestic take of $2-M.

Specialty title Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, earned about $500,000 from 21 theaters in its 2nd frame for a location average of $19,200 and light 10-day total of $860,000.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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