Weekend Box Office: ‘Moana’ Dominates, ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Bombs

Weekend Box Office

Walt Disney Animation Studios‘ Moana scored a mighty $81.1 million over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, while Warren Beatty‘s Rules Don’t Apply bombed with just $2.2 million ($1.6 million for the weekend).

The South Pacific animated tale, featuring the voices of Dwayne Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho beats holdover Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which came in second over the Turkey Day with $65.8 million in its second weekend. Don’t worry Harry Potter fans, the Wizarding World is alive and well. The film’s worldwide gross is already up to $473.7 million and Fantastic Beasts 2 is already set for release in November 2018. Moana‘s global total so far is $97.4 million.

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Marvel Studios‘ Doctor Strange pulled in $18.9 million over the five-day holiday domestically ($13.4 million for the weekend), and crossed the $600 million mark in global box office.

Robert Zemeckis‘ World War II spy thriller Allied, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, opened in fourth with $18 million for the five-day frame ($13 million for the three-day weekend), even though the $85 million-budgeted film failed to win over many critics and received a B CinemaScore.

Rounding out the top five is Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama Arrival with $15.6 million over the holiday ($11.3 million for the weekend).

The other two wide releases, Beatty’s ode to old Hollywood and the follow-up to the cult comedy Bad Santa, didn’t fare so well. The romantic comedy about Howard Hughes, starring Beatty, Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich, is a box office disaster, scoring only a $661 per theater. The $25 million film received a B- CinemaScore.

The Mark Waters-directed black comedy Bad Santa 2 didn’t fare too much better as it managed just $6.1 million over the 3-day weekend to bring its 5-day total to $9 million. The $26 million film, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, and Christina Hendricks, earned a C+ CinemaScore.

Here’s the Top Ten:

1. Moana — $55.5 million ($81.1 mil.)
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — $45.1 million ($156.2 mil.)
3. Doctor Strange — $13.4 million ($205 mil.)
4. Allied — $13 million ($18 mil.)
5. Arrival — $11.3 million ($62.4 mil.)
6. Trolls — $10.3 million ($135.1 mil.)
7. Almost Christmas — $7.6 million ($36.7 mil.)
8. Bad Santa 2 — $6.1 million ($9 mil.)
9. Hacksaw Ridge — $5.5 million ($52.2 mil.)
10. The Edge of Seventeen — $3 million ($10.3 mil.)

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