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Disney's Moana stays on top in US as La La Land breaks records


Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY’S Moana has remained on top of the US box office for a third weekend with $18.8 million.

The figure was enough to see off the challenge posed by this week’s only major new release, the red band comedy Office Christmas Party, which nevertheless opened with a strong $17.5 million.

The ensemble comedy stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman and TJ Miller (among many others) and is based around the concept of a raucous office party that may save a company from being closed down. It took a further $16.3 million internationally (including the UK) for a global debut of $33.9 million.

At third in the US was JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which added a further $10.8 million for a US total of $199.3 million. The film is expected to cross the $200 million mark sometime on Monday.

Globally, the Harry Potter prequel has now grossed a hearty $680 million.

Sci-fi drama Arrival, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, held onto fourth spot with $5.6 million, while Marvel’s Doctor Strange took $4.6 million to round out the top five.

Outside of the top five, there was big news for Damien Chazelle’s award-winning La La Land, which enjoyed a record-breaking limited opening for a specialty release. The film, designed as an homage to the Hollywood musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, broke records in its New York and Los Angeles debut with $855,000 from five cinemas in both cities.

The film, which is expected to feature prominently during the forthcoming awards season, also enjoyed a strong overseas start, especially in South Korea where it enjoyed a $4 million debut.

Also going strong in the US were fellow awards contenders Manchester By The Sea and Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals.

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