Box-Office Preview: 'Moana' to Enjoy Thanksgiving Leftovers on Sleepy Weekend
With just one new wide release, holdovers 'Moana' and 'Fantastic Beasts' are expected to top the domestic office.
With only one new wide release hitting theaters this weekend — horror film Incarnate — the domestic box office will be a feast for the holdovers.
Disney's animated film Moana is expected to top the chart again in its second week. The family tale about a young Polynesian woman who sails across the sea with the demigod Maui to save her island had the No. 2 Thanksgiving launch of all time with $81.1 million from 3,875 theaters last weekend. It is tracking to drop about 50 percent from its three-day tally of $56.6 million to earn around $28 million for its second weekend out.
The musical film, which has earned $87.6 million through Tuesday in North America, stars the voice work of Dwayne Johnson and Auli'i Cravalho and original music by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda with Opetaia Foa'i and Mark Mancina.
Warner Bros.' Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, now in its third week, should collect close to $20 million at the domestic box office, according to projections. The Eddie Redmayne-starring film has earned north of $161 million domestically and passed the $500 million worldwide milestone Wednesday.
This weekend, typically a slow one due to most people recovering from the Thanksgiving weekend and busy preparing for the upcoming Christmas holidays, has just one new wide release, Incarnate, directed by San Andreas helmer Brad Peyton.
The movie is being released under the Blumhouse label BH Tilt, which uses targeted marketing and releases in fewer theaters than a traditional studio release in an effort to focus on dedicated horror audiences. Incarnate, which stars Aaron Eckhart and Carice van Houten, follows an exorcist who can tap into the minds of the possessed. The exorcism of a young boy, however, proves to challenge his abilities.
The $5 million film is opening in 1,737 locations and is expected to earn in the $4 million-$5 million range, a solid start for a film of that cost (Universal backed the marketing campaign for the project).
In limited release, Jackie, starring Natalie Portman as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy during and immediately after the death of her husband, is debuting in five theaters. Fox Searchlight acquired Pablo Larrain's film, which is receiving strong awards consideration, at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.