‘Moana,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts’ set to repeat over slow weekend


The box office is taking a bit of a breather after Thanksgiving weekend, with only one new film slated to hit theatres in wide release. That’s Brad Peyton’s Incarnate, which is getting a modest 1,737-screen release courtesy of distributor Blumhouse. There’s been modest marketing for the film, and reviews are mostly negative; that, combined with the small screen-count, means Incarnate should open light and fade relatively quickly, like previous 2016 Blumhouse release The Darkness (total worldwide gross $10.7 million).

Also new on-deck is faith-based drama Believe, opening in 639 theatres. It will be unlikely to top $1 million. And… that’s it for the larger releases, really. Nothing new is likely to crack the top five, leaving holdovers Moana, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Doctor Strange, Allied and Arrival to hang out where they are. (Allied and Arrival may switch places; Arrival has awards buzz and positive word-of-mouth propping it up, while Allied, which had a tepid opening last weekend, is unlikely to have a good hold into December.)

In terms of new limited releases, Fox Searchlight gives Jackie a five-theatre bow, with plans to expand later on. Awards buzz has been particularly strong surrounding Natalie Portman as late First Lady Jackie Kennedy. Also new to theatres in limited release are The Eyes of My Mother, Things to Come and Man Down.