Moana still has that good ol’ Disney magic.
Over the course of this relatively quiet weekend, the latest from Walt Disney Animation maintained its lead as the top-grossing film at the box office with approximately $18.8 million. In addition to claiming its third consecutive No. 1 spot, the film’s grand total worldwide ballooned to $238.8 million.
Office Christmas Party was the major premiere to release wide this weekend. With $17.5 million, the ensemble comedy starring T.J. Miller and Jennifer Aniston wasn’t far behind Moana. Plus, it earned $16.3 million from international locations, giving it a grand total debut of $33.9 million. Miss Sloane, which also went wide this weekend, unfortunately didn’t do so hot, though: Its $1.9 million weekend brought its cumulative total to $2 million.
Rounding out the top five spots were Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ($10.8 million), Arrival ($5.6 million), and Marvel’s Doctor Strange ($4.6 million), all of which have maintained healthy streaks since their respective openings.
Meanwhile, La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, didn’t come close to those numbers — but when you consider its $855,000 domestic gross stemmed from only five locations, that average per theater is actually the highest of the year and one of the highest of all time.
Next week’s box office will likely look a lot different, since it marks the debut of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones. Early praise from critics at the film’s world premiere this weekend suggest another major win for Disney, which already broke a record before Moana and Doctor Strange even hit theaters.
Sing, the animated musical from Universal, is still getting ready to hit U.S. theaters, but it has already raked in $9.6 million from its international release.
Here are the weekend’s top 10 highest-grossing films.
1. Moana – $18.8 million
2. Office Christmas Party – $17.5 million
3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – $10.8 million
4. Arrival – $5.6 million
5. Doctor Strange – $4.6 million
6. Allied – $4 million
7. Nocturnal Animals – $3.2 million
8. Manchester By the Sea – $3.16 million
9. Trolls – $3.11 million
10. Hacksaw Ridge – $2.3 million