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Disney's Moana remains on top in US for second week with $28.4 million


Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY’S Moana has remained on top of the US box office for a second weekend with a further $28.4 million.

The figure represents strong business for a weekend that is traditionally very quiet for cinemas following Thanksgiving and ahead of the Christmas period. It also was a better second week decline (50%) than Disney’s giant Frozen, which fell 53% in its second weekend in 2013.

Moana has now earned $119.9 million in the US alone, while globally it has now reached $177.4 million after opening in some European markets, including the UK. In China, it posted an estimated $5.5 million for a total in that country of $21.3 million.

Back in the US, Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them also enjoyed more robust box office, holding onto second spot in its third weekend with $18.5 million. The Eddie Redmayne-starring film has now hit $183.5 million in the US alone.

It also remains the No.1 film internationally for the third week in a row, earning $60.4 million from an estimated 67 foreign markets, and thereby bringing its tally abroad to $424.4 million. It has now earned over $600 million worldwide to date.

Returning to the US box office once more, and Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi stunner Arrival enjoyed another strong weekend, claiming $7.3 million in its fourth weekend to edge out Robert Zemeckis’s WWII drama Allied.

Arrival has now earned $73 million in the US alone off the back of positive reviews and strong word of mouth.

Allied, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, took in $7.1 million in its second week, and has earned $28.9 million to date – a relatively disappointing return.

Completing the US top five was Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which took $6.5 million for a US total of $215.3 million. The Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer has now passed Thor: The Dark World ($206 million) in the US, while its $634.9 million global haul is enough to have surpassed Iron Man 2 ($624 million).

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