‘Moana’ and ‘Fan­tas­tic Beasts’ still rule box of­fice

The Washington Times Daily - - LIFE - BY LINDSEY BAHR

LOS ANGELES | Au­di­ences came back for a sec­ond help­ing of “Moana” and “Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them” this week­end.

Both fam­ily-friendly films topped the post-Thanks­giv­ing box of­fice charts, with “Moana” bring­ing in $28.4 mil­lion and “Fan­tas­tic Beasts” earn­ing $18.5 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sun­day.

Dis­ney’s an­i­mated “Moana,” in only its sec­ond week­end in the­aters and sec­ond week­end at No. 1, has grossed $119.9 mil­lion, while Warner Bros.’ Harry Pot­ter spinoff “Fan­tas­tic Beasts” has earned $183.5 mil­lion in three weeks.

Para­mount’s sci-fi mind­ben­der “Ar­rival” took third with $7.3 mil­lion, while their World War II spy thriller “Al­lied” placed fourth with $7.1 mil­lion. Dis­ney and Marvel’s “Doc­tor Strange” rounded out the top five with $6.5 mil­lion, bring­ing its do­mes­tic to­tal to $215.3 mil­lion.

The week­end’s only new opener, the mi­crobud­get hor­ror film “In­car­nate,” fell short of mod­est ex­pec­ta­tions and took in only $2.6 mil­lion. The film, which stars Carice van Houten and Aaron Eck­hart, was ex­pected to earn in the $4 mil­lion range.

“We are dis­ap­pointed that we fell short of our goal and re­peat­ing the suc­cess of our pre­vi­ous re­leases,” BH Tilt ex­ec­u­tive John Hege­man said. “The low-cost na­ture of the BH Tilt films and re­lease model en­ables us to ex­per­i­ment and take risks, and we look for­ward to see­ing what we can learn from this week­end for our fu­ture BH Tilt slate re­leases in 2017.”

In lim­ited re­lease, the Jac­que­line Kennedy biopic “Jackie,” star­ring Natalie Port­man in one of the year’s buzzi­est per­for­mances, earned $275,000 from five the­aters. An­other awards con­tender, “Manch­ester by the Sea,” ex­panded to 156 the­aters and brought in $2.4 mil­lion.

Paul Der­garabe­dian, a se­nior me­dia an­a­lyst for box of­fice tracker comS­core, said that this post-Thanks­giv­ing week­end is usu­ally pretty slow.

“The Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day is a long, ex­tended binge of eat­ing food and watch­ing lots of movies, and then this week­end is the diet. It is some­what typ­i­cal,” Mr. Der­garabe­dian said. “It’s like we’re tak­ing a quick breather be­fore the home­stretch.”

The week­end over­all is ex­pected to be down about 3 per­cent from last year, which saw the Christmas-themed hor­ror film “Kram­pus” rake in $16.3 mil­lion. But the box of­fice for the year re­mains up around 4 per­cent.

The ques­tion now is whether or not the 2016 box of­fice will sur­pass last year’s record $11.135 bil­lion.

While there are still some big films on the hori­zon, in­clud­ing “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the an­i­mated “Sing,” it re­mains to be seen whether or not they will com­pete with the late-game 2015 jug­ger­naut of “The Force Awak­ens,” which earned $652 mil­lion in the last 14 days of the year.

“It’s go­ing to be a tight race,” Mr. Der­garabe­dian said.

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