‘Moana’ cruises to $81.1M hol­i­day haul

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Disney’s South Pa­cific an­i­mated tale “Moana” fell short of a “Frozen”-size de­but, but it nev­er­the­less dom­i­nated the Thanks­giv­ing box of­fice with an es­ti­mated $81.1 mil­lion over the five-day week­end.

The well-re­viewed “Moana,” set in an­cient Poly­ne­sia, earned $55.5 mil­lion from Fri­day to Sun­day. It didn’t match the 2013 Thanks­giv­ing re­lease of “Frozen,” which opened with $93.6 mil­lion. But “Moana” 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 $65.8 mil­lion over the five-day week­end. Those re­leases far out­paced more star-driven films. The Brad Pitt-Mar­ion Cotil­lard World War II romance “Al­lied” opened with a medi­ocre $18 mil­lion over five days, and War­ren Beatty’s first film in 15 years, “Rules Don’t Ap­ply,” bombed with $2.2 mil­lion over the five-day week­end.

DISNEY PIC­TURES

The ti­tle char­ac­ter in “Moana” is the daugh­ter of a Pa­cific Is­lands chief­tain voiced by Auli’i Cravalho.

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