Monday Box Office Report – Smooth sailing for MOANA on slow weekend

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After the major splash it made last week, it wasn’t hard to predict that Disney’s brilliant Moana would retain the top spot on this week’s US top 10 box office chart, especially since this post-Thanksgiving weekend was traditionally a much quieter one. And that’s exactly what happened as the critically acclaimed animated feature film performed even better than expected as it added another $28.37 million on the way to a $119.88 million domestic total. Add in its international takings, and that figure climbs globally to a $177.38 million total.

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But while Moana staying at no.1 was utterly predictable (and the same for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them at no.2, as it pushed its global tally over the $600 million mark), this weekend past offered two small pleasant surprises. First Arrival managed to hold out much better than the competition in its fourth week on the charts. Usually at that stage of the game, you can expect movies’ revenues to drop for 50-60% each subsequent week, but impressively the acclaimed sci-fi drama only saw a 36% percent decrease this past weekend as it took third place with $7.3 million.

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And in a similar vein, the Robert Zemeckis’ directed WWII spy drama Allied followed up it’s rather tepid debut last week by exceeding pundits’ expectations. Of course this could just be because their expectations had already been lowered because of the film’s soft opening, or they underestimated the appeal of stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. Either way, Allied managed to pull in just over $7 million in its second weekend, which is really not a lot – but still much more than what was predicted. Couple that with an addition $12 million from international markets, and the movie did okay for the weekend.

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As for the newcomers this weekend, we had three in Incarnate, Believe and Jackie and unfortunately none of them really made a huge sum of money. However, one of them is still a considerable success. Confusing, I know! The Aaron Eckhart led horror flick, Incarnate, pulled a rather poor $2.6 million domestic total for the weekend, landing it in just 9th place on the charts. It seems there may be more boos for it than just those coming from the ghosts in the movie.

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Faith-based family Christmas movie Believe also had nothing to feel festive about as it only grossed $602,519 from a limited release of 693 cinemas. That means that it didn’t even crack the top 10 on its debut, as it landed on 17th place. I…er… believe that’s a failure. Even more so when compared against the third and final new entry, Jackie. The biopic on Jackie Kennedy sees Natalie Portman as the late former US First Lady, and has been drumming quite a bit of positive awards buzz. I guess that word of mouth really got around, as Jackie opened in just 5 theatres, but still managed to pull in a very successful $275,000. Compare that movie’s income per theatre to the other two newcomers, and it’s clear who came out the real winner here, despite a very small total.

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Here is what’s happening on the rest of the US chart:

  • 01. Moana (LW: 1)

Weekend gross: $28.37 million
Percentage change: -49.9%
Total domestic gross: $119.88 million
Total international gross: $57.5 million

  • 02. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (LW: 2)

Weekend gross: $18.54 million
Percentage change: -58.9%
Total domestic gross: $183.5 million
Total international gross: $424.4 million

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  • 03. Arrival (LW: 5)

Weekend gross: $7.3 million
Percentage change: -36.3%
Total domestic gross: $73.07 million
Total international gross: $32.16 million

  • 04. Allied (LW: 4)

Weekend gross: $7.03 million
Percentage change: -44.5%
Total domestic gross: $28.92 million
Total international gross: $24.8 million

  • 05. Doctor Strange (LW: 3)

Weekend gross: $6.48 million
Percentage change: -52.8%
Total domestic gross: $215.3 million
Total international gross: $419.6 million

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  • 06. Trolls (LW: 6)

Weekend gross: $4.6 million
Percentage change: -56.8%
Total domestic gross: $141.37 million
Total international gross: $155.29 million

  • 07. Hacksaw Ridge (LW: 9)

Weekend gross: $3.4 million
Percentage change: -38.4%
Total domestic gross: $57.26 million
Total international gross: $18.12 million

  • 08. Bad Santa 2 (LW: 8)

Weekend gross: $3.28 million
Percentage change: -46.8%
Total domestic gross: $14.28 million
Total international gross: NA

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  • 09. Incarnate (NE)

Weekend gross: $2.65 million
Percentage change: NA
Total domestic gross: $2.65 million
Total international gross: NA

  • 10. Almost Christmas (LW: 7)

Weekend gross: $2.5 million
Percentage change: -56.1%
Total domestic gross: $38.14 million
Total international gross: $65,544

(LW = Last Week, NE = New Entry)

Last Updated: December 5, 2016

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Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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