Friday Box Office: ‘Office Christmas Party’ Wins; ‘La La Land’ Gets Uplifting Start

     December 10, 2016

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Tis the season for office Christmas parties, none of which will surely come close to the antics of the Office Christmas Party. So in the spirit of the holidays and watching celebrities have a ton of fun being completely insane, it seems that Friday audiences went out to support Josh Gordon, Will Speck‘s movie enough to propel it to #1, bringing in $6.6 million in what looks to be a very slow box office weekend. The film, which stars Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Kate McKinnon and Jennifer Aniston, cost $45 million, so it’s not exactly the kind of start the studio might be looking for, even if it did nab the top spot.

Though Office Christmas Party bested Moana ($4.4 million), which has reigned supreme since its debut, don’t expect Disney’s latest to have seen its last weekend win. Once it’s time for kids to head to the theater over the weekend, Moana is projected to return to her rightful place atop the box office throne.

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But the more interesting story this weekend seems to be related to awards-favorites and their surprising sums. The reportedly delightful La La Land grossed half a million dollars from five theaters in NYC and LA, and is inching towards a million dollar weekend. So far, THR reports that it’s on the path to having the second biggest theater-opening average for a speciality film since Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Other award contenders Nocturnal Animals also increased its theater presence this weekend, and the same is true for Manchester by the Sea and Miss Sloane. All three, in fact, made it in the Top 10 for Friday.

Check out the Top 10 from Friday’s Box Office below (via Box Office Mojo):

Rank   Title Friday Total
1 Office Christmas Party $6,600,000 $6,600,000
2 Moana $4,147,000 $130,313,593
3 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them $2,850,000 $191,375,903
4 Arrival $1,600,000 $77,451,708
5 Doctor Strange $1,210,000 $218,941,446
6 Allied $1,205,000 $32,838,452
7 Nocturnal Animals $1,131,552 $4,157,680
8 Manchester By the Sea $912,250 $6,082,451
9 Hacksaw Ridge $672,000 $59,234,448
10 Miss Sloane $660,000 $798,365

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