In the calm before the Rogue One storm, it was a tight race at the box office with only one wide newcomer to shake things up.
Coming in the top spot for the third consecutive week is Moana, which brought in $18.8 million. Disney Animation's latest release is now up to $145 million domestically for its entire run, which is a respectable total, but some may consider that to be somewhat low given that the film has faced little competition since it opened. Still, at $238.8 million worldwide, it's poised to turn a minor profit for the Mouse House before it's out of theaters - even if it isn't as big as some of the Mouse House's earlier endeavors from this year. With these figures, the chances of it passing or rivaling Frozen are kaput.
In second is Office Christmas Party (read our review), which grossed $17.5 million in its first three days. The R-rated comedy actually managed to top Moana on Friday, but couldn't retain that lead for the full weekend. Regardless, this is a nice turnout for the film, which managed to fill a void and provide audiences with festive holiday laughs. Though the word-of-mouth was generally mixed, the appeal of the star-studded ensemble was enough to draw in decent crowds. How it performs in the coming weeks will be interesting, but Office Christmas Party was budgeted at just $45 million and has already made $33.9 million worldwide, so it's in good shape.
The #3 film this week is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with $10.7 million. The latest adventure through J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World is now up to $199.3 million Stateside.
Coming in fourth is Arrival. The awards-contending sci-fi drama added $5.6 million to its domestic total in its fifth weekend and now stands at $81.4 million.
Rounding out the top five is Doctor Strange. Marvel's latest brought in $4.6 million, raising its U.S. haul to $222.3 million.
Allied comes in sixth with $4 million. The World War II drama has now made $35.6 million in the States.
In eighth is the Oscar hopeful Manchester by the Sea, which also expanded its number of locations. It made $3.1 million from only 366 theaters, which is a strong showing. The film is now up to $8.3 million domestically.
The #9 film is Trolls with $3.1 million. DreamWorks' animated musical has now made $145.4 million for its Stateside run.
Capping off the top ten is Hacksaw Ridge. Mel Gibson's latest made $2.3 million, raising its domestic total to $60.8 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 12 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo