Fan­tas­tic fan­tasies over Thanks­giv­ing week­end

War­ren Beatty breaks 15-year lull with tremen­dous flop

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK (AP) ISNEY’S SOUTH Pa­cific an­i­mated tale Moana fell short of a Frozen-sized de­but, but nev­er­the­less dom­i­nated the Thanks­giv­ing box of­fice with an es­ti­mated US$81.1 mil­lion over the five-day week­end.

The well-re­viewed Moana, about a princess’s myth­i­cal jour­ney in an­cient Poly­ne­sia, earned US$55.5 mil­lion from Fri­day to Sun­day in North Amer­ica, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates on Sun­day. Though it didn’t match the 2013 Thanks­giv­ing re­lease

Dof Frozen (US$93.6 mil­lion over five days in 2013), Moana (pro­nounced MWAH-nah) scored the se­cond-high­est Tur­key Day de­but ever.

Fall­ing to se­cond was J.K. Rowl­ing’s Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which earned US$65.8 mil­lion over the five-day week­end and US$45.1 mil­lion over the three­day week­end. The Harry Pot­ter spin-off from Warner Bros has brought in US$156.2 mil­lion in two weeks. Over­seas, Fan­tas­tic Beasts de­buted in China, where its US$41.1 mil­lion fu­elled a week­end haul of US$132 mil­lion in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Those two block­busters far out­paced more star-driven films.

The Brad Pitt-Mar­ion Cotil­lard World War II ro­mance Al­lied opened with a me­diocre US$18 mil­lion over five days. The Paramount Pic­tures re­lease, di­rected by Robert Ze­meckis, cost a hefty US$85 mil­lion to make. But for a proudly old­fash­ioned film built around the ap­peal of its stars, Al­lied had to largely do with­out Pitt’s pro­mo­tional pres­ence. The ac­tor’s di­vorce pro­ceed­ings from An­gelina Jolie largely eclipsed the film, which drew an au­di­ence 85 per cent over the age of 25.

BAD DE­BUT

War­ren Beatty’s first film in 15 years, the 1950s Hol­ly­wood com­edy, Rules Don’t Ap­ply, res­o­lutely bombed with US$2.2 mil­lion over the five-day week­end. Writ­ten and di­rected by Beatty, who also co-stars as Howard Hughes, Rules Don’t Ap­ply is the 79 year-old star’s first di­rected fea­ture since 1998’s Bul­worth. Though Beatty has worked hard to push the movie (made for about US$25 mil­lion), its slim to­tal de­spite play­ing on 2,382 screens is one of the worst de­buts of a wide re­lease in re­cent years

Bad Santa 2 from Broad Green and Mi­ra­max didn’t flop as badly as Rules Don’t Ap­ply, but it pulled in a scant US$9 mil­lion over five days. The Colin Far­rell (left) and Ed­die Red­mayne in ‘Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them’. A teenage girl, now a master wayfinder, finds her­self in ‘Moana’.

se­quel, again star­ring Billy Bob Thorn­ton, comes 13 years af­ter the 2003 orig­i­nal.

In lim­ited re­lease, a num­ber of po­ten­tial awards con­tenders packed cinemas. De­but­ing on a hand­ful of screens were Lion (US$32,092 per-screen av­er­age),

with Dev Patel, and Miss Sloane (US$21,000 per-screen av­er­age), with Jes­sica Chas­tain. Ex­pand­ing from four to 48 screens was Manch­ester by the Sea, star­ring Casey Af­fleck. It took in US$1.3 mil­lion, with a per-screen av­er­age of

US$26,048.

Fol­low­ing are es­ti­mated ticket sales for Fri­day through Sun­day at US and Cana­dian cinemas, ac­cord­ing to comS­core. 1. Moana, US$55.5m

(US$16.3m in­ter­na­tional). 2. Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them, US$45.1m (US$132m in­ter­na­tional). 3. Doc­tor Strange, US$13.4m

(US$9.8m in­ter­na­tional). 4. Al­lied, US$13m (US$9.4m

in­ter­na­tional). 5. Ar­rival, US$11.3m

(US$6.7m in­ter­na­tional). 6. Trolls, US$10.4m (US$7.2m

in­ter­na­tional). 7. Bad Santa 2, US$6.1m

(US$1.4m in­ter­na­tional). 8. Al­most Christmas,

US$5.7m. 9. Hack­saw Ridge, US$5.5m

(US$2.1m in­ter­na­tional). 10. The Edge of Seventeen,

US$3m.

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