Disney’s “Moana” looks set to easily take the Thanksgiving weekend box-office with the critically acclaimed animated feature earning $21.8 million on Friday. Its five-day estimate currently stands at a little over $80 million.
The second weekend of the ‘Potter’ spin-off “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” pulled in an additional $18.6 million on Friday and is headed for $65 million for the weekend – bringing its domestic total to $150 million.
Other newcomers include the Pitt and Cotillard-led war drama “Allied” which took in $4.9 million Friday and could nab $18 million for the five days, “Bad Santa 2” which nabbed a weak $2.3 million on Friday with an $8.5 million debut likely, and Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply” took just $600,000 on Friday and will make only $2 million for the five days.
Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” made an additional $5.5 million on Friday with $14 million likely for the five days it will push its domestic total above $200 million. Still too early to tell how limited release titles “Lion” and “Miss Sloane” will fare.
The box-office estimates come in the wake of yesterday’s news issued by the National Association of Theater Owners that the U.S. box office had already topped $10 billion for 2016 – a record for the point in the year at which the milestone has been crossed.