Weekend Wrap-Up

Moana Survives Tough Post-Thanksgiving Weekend

By John Hamann

December 4, 2016

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Finishing second is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is enjoying its third weekend as either the number one or number two film. In its post-Thanksgiving weekend, Fantastic Beasts earned $18.5 million and dropped a hefty 59% for all of the reasons outlined above. The $180 million Warner Bros. release has a cumulative total of $183.5 million on the domestic side and has cleared $424 million overseas. Fantastic Beasts is going to finish as a winner and launch what will be a very successful franchise.

Arrival, which has shown some serious legs since opening, takes third place. The Amy Adams earthbound sci-fi flick earned another $7.3 million this weekend, declining 37% compared to its $11.5 million Thanksgiving gross. Since opening to $24 million, the $47 million Paramount release has earned $73.1 million on the domestic side and over $30 million overseas. It still has some work to do, but it looks like this smaller sci-fi release is going to work.

Brad Pitt's Allied holds in fourth place, and it hangs on a bit better than the kid-targeted flicks. Allied earned $7.1 million and fell 45%. Despite the hold, Allied is in trouble. It cost $85 million to make, and has a domestic total to date of $28.9 million. It got started in a few overseas markets last weekend and currently sits with about $25 million from those international venues. It is likely too steep a climb for this one, as the production budget was just too high.

Fifth is Doctor Strange, which is now in its fifth weekend. The Marvel film got burned, earning only $6.5 million and dropping 53%. Doctor Strange has done what it had to, as the $165 million release has earned $215.3 million on the domestic side and $420 million from overseas theaters.

Trolls is sixth. Also out for five weekends now, Trolls has not seen the level of success it needs for future films. Trolls earned another $4.6 million and fell 57%. It lifts its domestic gross up to $141.4 million, and the overseas total has eclipsed $155 million, but it's not going to be enough against a $125 million budget.

Hacksaw Ridge continues its leggy performance, as the Mel Gibson film holds decently following Thanksgiving. Hacksaw Ridge earned $3.4 million in its fifth weekend and declines 38%. The war film cost a respectable $40 million to make and has a domestic gross so far of $57.3 million. It's approaching $20 million from overseas audiences, so it still needs to do some business internationally in order to get to a profit.


Bad Santa 2, which failed to achieve liftoff last weekend, gets hurt even worse this weekend. After opening to only $6.2 million last weekend, the comedy sequel earned only $3.3 million in weekend two. This one cost $26 million to make and has a gross to date of $14.3 million.

Ninth is our lone new release this weekend, a horror film that doesn't belong with this rest of the films in the top 12. That film is Incarnate, a throwaway release that has been dumped here to die. Incarnate's box office result is similar to its reviews - both sucked. Incarnate earned only $2.7 million this weekend from 1,737 venues, setting another low bar amount for a film released to more than 1,500 venues. It is currently only 21% fresh at RottenTomatoes, but at the time of this writing, had only 14 reviews counted (even critics don't go to the movies this weekend). Incarnate earned a C- Cinemascore, and with that, it is pretty much done. Made for $5 million, this one won't be profitable despite that low budget.

Tenth is Almost Christmas, the urban holiday comedy with Danny Glover. In its last weekend in the top ten, Almost Christmas earned $2.5 million and fell 56%. The $17 million Universal release has now pulled in $38.1 million.

Finishing just outside of the top ten is Manchester by the Sea, the new award-worthy film with Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. With its 97% fresh rating in tow, the Kenneth Lonergan flick moved from 48 venues last weekend to 156 this frame, and it earned $2.4 million. That's a 93% increase over last weekend's take of $1.2 million and sets the stage for a long run through Oscar season. This is a small, $8.5 million release from Roadside Attractions, and its gross-to-date of $4.4 million is really just the beginning.

Overall, the box office continued a post-Thanksgiving trend that has gone on since 2005. That year was the last time the top 12 earned more than a combined $100 million. This weekend, the top 12 managed $88.2 million, which is at least similar to last year's top 12 take of $89.9 million. Next weekend brings two very different films. One is Office Christmas Party, a film that makes The Hangover look pale, and Oscar wannabe Miss Sloane, with Jessica Chastain.

Top Weekend Box Office for 12/2/16-12/4/16 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Moana Disney $28,373,000 - 50% $119,888,330
2 Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Warner Bros. $18,545,000 - 59% $183,507,000
3 Arrival Paramount $7,300,000 - 36% $73,079,000
4 Allied Paramount $7,050,000 - 44% $28,927,000
5 Doctor Strange Disney $6,486,000 - 53% $215,309,177
6 Trolls Fox $4,600,000 - 57% $141,371,000
7 Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate $3,400,000 - 38% $57,264,956
8 Bad Santa 2 Broad Green Pictures $3,288,699 - 47% $14,289,743
9 Incarnate High Top Releasing $2,659,000 New $2,659,000
10 Almost Christmas Universal $2,500,350 - 56% $38,147,500
11 Manchester By the Sea Roadside Attractions $2,363,500 + 93% $4,423,443
12 Edge of Seventeen STX Entertainment $1,660,000 - 44% $12,770,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Believe Freestyle $602,519 New $602,519
  Jackie FOX SEARCHLIGHT $275,000 New $275,000
  Things To Come IFC Films $33,090 New $33,090
  Rules Don't Apply Fox $555,000 - 65% $3,322,000
  Dear Zindagi Reliance Entertainment $425,000 - 57% $2,075,000
  Lion Weinstein Co. $120,234 - 3% $279,382
  Miss Sloane Europacorp $44,000 - 26% $123,036
  Seasons Music Box Films $17,560 - 35% $58,697
  Nocturnal Animals Focus Features $686,095 - 18% $2,705,383
  Elle Sony Classics $93,795 - 20% $548,604
  Loving Focus Features $997,000 - 41% $5,592,166
  The Eagle Huntress Sony Classics $213,442 - 19% $1,198,956
  Moonlight A24 $915,750 - 25% $9,896,107
  The Accountant Warner Bros. $765,000 - 27% $84,260,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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