Four major-releases debuted on the box-office charts this week, including Disney’s new animated-feature “Moana”. Joining Disney’s new adventure at the box-office this weekend are the WWII drama “Allied,” the adult-comedy “Bad Santa 2,” and the romantic-drama “Rules Don’t Apply”. Some did much better than others.
Even with a few heavy-hitters debuting on the box-office charts this week, Disney’s “Moana” took the top spot with $52.23M this weekend, and the film hit $81.01M across 3,875 locations for the week. “Moana” was directed by Ron Clements and Don Hall, working off a screenplay written by Jared Bush, and a story written by Ron Clements. The film features the voice-talents of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson and Rachel House.
Dropping one-place to second overall was Warner Bros. Pictures’ hit “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them,” which earned another $45.10M this weekend. The Harry Potter spinoff remained in 4,144 locations this week, and has grossed $156.23M in two-weeks. “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” was directed by David Yates, working off the now best-selling screenplay written by J.K. Rowling. The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol. The screenplay itself has been climbing up the sales-charts on sites like Amazon.com all month, and now sits at number two.
Disney also took third-place this weekend with the studio’s Marvel hit “Doctor Strange,” which remained in 3,008 locations this week and grossed $13.37M domestically. The popular comic-adaptation has now grossed over $205.09M in just four-weeks. “Marvel’s Doctor Strange” was directed by Scott Derrickson, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams
“Allied” from Paramount Pictures missed the top-three over its debut this weekend, only grossing $13M across 3,160 locations. The film’s first-week total sits at $18.02M overall. “Allied” was directed by Robert Zemeckis, working off a script written by Steven Knight. The film stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard and Jared Harris.
Paramount’s previous sci-fi hit, “Arrival,” managed to remain in the top-five for another week, grossing $11.25M across 2,442 locations domestically. The film’s running total now sits at $62.39M after three-weeks. “Arrival” was directed by Denis Villeneuve, working off a screenplay written by Eric Heisserer. The film is based on the story written by Ted Chiang called “Story of Your Life“. The film stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.
“Bad Santa 2” did not have the best opening weekend, the adult-comedy only grossed $6.11M across 2,920 locations. The film’s first-week total now sits at just $9.03M. “Bad Santa 2” was directed by Mark Waters, the script was written by Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross. The film stars Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates and Tony Cox.
Another slump at the box-office this weekend was “Rules Don’t Apply,” which only grossed $1.58M across 2,382 locations, and only $2.18M for the week. “Rules Don’t Apply” was written and directed by Warren Beatty. The film stars Lily Collins, Haley Bennett and Taissa Farmiga.