Friday Box Office: ‘Moana’ Maintains the #1 Spot with Little Competition

     December 3, 2016

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In a week of less-than-stellar competition from new debuts, Disney’s animated adventure Moana easily stayed atop the heap at the Friday box office; it could top out around $30 million for the weekend. The closest competitor was Warner Bros.’ magical movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which still came in almost $1.5 million short of the top spot. Every film in the Top 10 was in at least its second weekend frame, including the World War II-era thriller Allied in third place, except for the lone wide-release debut Incarnate. The horror/thriller from director Brad Peyton and starring Carice van Houten, Aaron Eckhart, and David Mazouz couldn’t crack a million dollars on Friday, and is aiming for a $2.1 million total this weekend. 

Elsewhere in the Top 10, the original sci-fi story Arrival crested over the $100 million mark worldwide; this Friday’s fourth spot will help to bolster the film’s ongoing box office success. Allied and Arrival are looking at a $7 million weekend, but it remains to be seen which film will end up ahead of the other.

Outside of the Top 10 are two debuts of note: First, with $168,900, is Believe, writer-director Billy Dickson‘s Christmas drama starring Ryan O’Quinn, Shawnee Smith, and Danielle Nicolet; the film is headed for a $1 million weekend. But the best story among newcomers is Jackie, the Oscar-hopeful starring Natalie Portman as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The Fox Searchlight film debuted with an estimated $90,742 on Friday, with an eye on a $275,000 opening from just five theaters. The $55,000 per theater average is better than anticipated. The film’s international rollout begins in early 2017. Be sure to read Matt Goldberg‘s review here, as well as interviews with both Portman and co-star Billy Crudup.

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

Title  Friday  Total
1. Moana  $6,447,000  $98.0
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them   $5,040,000  $170.0
3. Allied   $2,175,000  $24.1
4. Arrival  $2,070,000  $67.8
5. Doctor Strange  $1,748,000  $210.6
6. Trolls  $995,000  $137.8
7. Hacksaw Ridge  $990,000  $54.9
8. Bad Santa 2  $965,000  $12.0
9. Incarnate  $915,000  $0.9
10. Almost Christmas  $696,000  $36.3

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