Dis­ney con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate the box of­fice

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

The an­i­mated sea-far­ing mu­si­cal ad­ven­ture Moana sailed to suc­cess in its de­but week­end, tak­ing in an es­ti­mated US$55.5 mil­lion to top the North Amer­i­can box of­fice, an in­dus­try group said Sun­day.

The Dis­ney film about a brave Poly­ne­sian teenage girl on a risky mis­sion to save her peo­ple reaped in $81.1 mil­lion dur­ing the full, longer Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day week­end, Ex­hibitor Re­la­tions said.

The com­posers of the film’s score in­clude Lin-Manuel Mi­randa, who wrote the mu­sic and lyrics for the smash Broad­way hit Hamil­ton.

It un­seated the Harry Pot­ter spin-off Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which fell to sec­ond place in its sec­ond week­end in the­atres, chalk­ing up $45.1 mil­lion for a to­tal of $156.2 mil­lion so far.

Based on a 2001 book by Pot­ter nov­el­ist JK Rowl­ing, the Warner Bros film stars Ed­die Red­mayne as a wiz­ard in 1920s New York.

Its first week­end take of $74.4 mil­lion was the low­est open­ing for any film in Rowl­ing’s Wiz­ard­ing World se­ries, as the film largely drew on fans of the orig­i­nal fran­chise rather than fresh, younger blood.

Drop­ping from sec­ond to third rank in the charts, Marvel’s Doc­tor Strange posted an­other $13.4 mil­lion for a to­tal of $205 mil­lion.

The movie, which stars Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch as neu­ro­sur­geon Stephen Strange – whose life changes for­ever af­ter a hor­rific car ac­ci­dent – is the 14th film in Dis­ney’s Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse.

Fourth place, with just $13 mil­lion, went to the de­but movie Al­lied, star­ring Brad Pitt and Mar­ion Cotil­lard as World War II spies who fall in love dur­ing an as­sas­si­na­tion mis­sion and even­tu­ally get mar­ried and have a child, but then be­come pit­ted against each other.

The ac­claimed alien in­va­sion movie Ar­rival, star­ring Amy Adams and Jeremy Ren­ner, slipped from fourth to fifth place as it posted $11.3 mil­lion in week­end rev­enue. – AFP

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