Slow post-Thanksgiving weekend sees 'Moana' triumph

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It was a quiet weekend at the box office, with only one new film—BH Tilt/Blumhouse’s Incarnate—opening in wide release. That film failed to meet even meager expectations, earning only $2.6 million on 1,737 screens.

So the top five: all holdovers. As expected, spots one and two went to Moana (weekend gross $28.3 million, total gross $119.8 million) and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (weekend gross $18.5 million, total gross $183.5 million), respectively. Moana also opened in a handful of major international markets, bringing its total worldwide gross so far up to $177.3 million after just shy of two weeks. 

Coming in at number three with a very strong hold was cerebral sci-fi offering Arrival (weekend gross $7.3 million, total gross $73 million). Paramount added 473 screens over the weekend, which, combined with strong awards season buzz, kept the film’s fourth-weekend drop at a mere 36.3%. Rounding out the top five, we have Allied (weekend gross $7 million, total gross $28.9 million) and Doctor Strange (weekend gross $6.4 million, total gross $215.9 million).

Among new mid-range releases, there’s the faith-based drama Believe, which opened to $602,519 on 639 screens. And Roadside Attractions added 108 screens to their release of awards contender Manchester by the Sea, giving it a gross of $2.3 million in 156 theatres. For comparison, that’s only $295,500 less than the weekend haul of Incarnate, which had more than ten times as many screens.

Fox Searchlight bowed Pablo Larraín's nontraditional biopic Jackie on five screens for a total of $275,000; additional expansion is planned for this weekend. Things to Come, starring Isabelle Huppert, opened on three screens to $11,030.