Disney animation "Moana" continues topping box office

The composers of the film s score include Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the music and lyrics for the smash Broadway hit "Hamilton".

Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which registers $18.5 million after falling a steep 58.9 percent in the first three-day period following the Thanksgiving holiday stretch. The Eddie Redmayne-starring film, with a domestically tally of US$183.5 million, dropped just 59 per cent in its third week. The war drama stays in the fourth place by adding another $7.1 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to $29 million so far.

Paramount's prospective Best Picture contender Arrival jumps two spots to No. 3 on the US chart, bringing in an estimated $7.3 million for a total of $73.1 million in the country.

The movie, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as neurosurgeon Stephen Strange - whose life changes forever after a horrific auto accident - is the 14th film in Disney s "Marvel Cinematic Universe".

Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore, said that this post-Thanksgiving weekend is usually pretty slow. The film was No. 1 internationally, raking in $60.4 million in about 67 foreign markets. Manchester's domestic haul now stands at $4.4 million, while Moonlight sits just under $10 million.

As for the week's new releases, the only wide-release offering was the horror movie "Incarnate", which opened to $2.6 million. The acclaimed drama about a grieving janitor has made $4.4 million.

"Fantastic Beasts" did particularly well in China, grossing $15.5 million, and pushing its total in the Middle Kingdom to $72.5 million after two weeks.

The low-budget film, directed by Brad Peyton ("San Andreas") and partly funded by Universal Pictures, is the latest effort from BH Tilt, an experimental label launched by "Ouija" and "The Purge" producer Jason Blum. "Incarnate" used digital advertising to try to better reach younger horror fans, and debuted on 1,700 screens, substantially fewer theaters than most studio movies unfurl across.

In limited release, Jackie stunned with $275,000 in five theaters in NY and Los Angeles and a per-screen average of $55,000.

The domestic box office continues to outpace last year's revenues, with 2016 up roughly 4% over 2015. Meanwhile, Jessica Chastain's political thriller Miss Sloane is expanding wide after a couple moderately decent weekends in young lady than five theaters and should open around the mid- to high single digits.

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