With no real high-profile newcomers opening this week, holdovers reigned supreme at the box office.
Coming in first once again is Moana with $28.3 million in its second weekend. Disney Animation’s latest fell 49.9 percent, which is a decent hold, though perhaps steeper than some might have thought given the current marketplace. Earlier this year in similar conditions, Zootopia dropped 31.6 percent in its second weekend, so for one reason or another, the demand for Moana wasn’t as high. Still, Moana has done well at the box office, earning $119.8 million domestically so far. With one more week to go until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it should remain on top for at least another week.
In second is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which made $18.5 million in its third weekend. The Harry Potter spinoff is now up to $183.5 million in the United States. The project has received a very nice boost from the international box office, with the worldwide total a sterling $607.9 million.
Coming in third is Arrival. The awards contender grossed $7.3 million over the weekend, continuing to capitalize on the strong word-of-mouth and reviews. Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama has now earned $73 million in the U.S.
In fourth is Allied with $7 million. Robert Zemeckis’ World War II drama has now made $28.9 million domestically.
Rounding out the top five is Doctor Strange. The 14th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe increased its Stateside total to $215.3 million by grossing $6.4 million during the weekend.
The #6 film is Trolls. DreamWorks Animation’s latest made $4.6 million to raise its domestic total to $141.3 million.
Hacksaw Ridge comes in seventh place with $3.4 million. Mel Gibson’s war drama has now made $57.2 million in the U.S.
The Christmas comedy Bad Santa 2 comes in eighth again with $3.2 million. The sequel now stands at a measly $14.2 million.
Debuting in ninth is this weekend’s lone new wide release, Incarnate. The horror/thriller managed just $2.6 million in its first three days, a byproduct of a very minimal marketing campaign and no real star power. The lack of awareness meant it was overshadowed by all the movies still playing, so it didn’t have much of a chance to make its way up the charts. If there is a silver lining, it’s that the production budget was just $5 million, so there’s an outside chance it can still turn a minor profit.
Capping off the top ten is Almost Christmas. The family ensemble comedy made $2.5 million in its fourth weekend to raise its domestic total to $38.1 million.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, December 5 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo