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Disney's 'Moana' debuts to $81.1m in Thanksgiving box office

Xinhua | Updated: 2016-11-28 13:36

Disney's 'Moana' debuts to $81.1m in Thanksgiving box office

A scene from Moana. [Photo/Mtime]

Disney's animated film Moana hits weekend box office in North America with over $80 million.

The animated adventure Moana debuted to be number one with an estimated $81.1 million in ticket sales in the five-day holiday weekend period in the United States and Canada.

The five-day revenue of Moana makes it to be the second largest Thanksgiving debut ever in America behind Disney's Frozen ($93.6 million in five-day) and just ahead of Toy Story 2 ($80.1 million in five-day).

According to, Disney now owns nine of the top ten five-day and three-day Thanksgiving weekend openings.

Moana's demographic breakdown was 45 percent male vs. 55 percent female. About 34 percent of the audience was 12 years old or under, 43 percent over the age of 25 and 72 percent of the audience made up of families.

First-night moviegoers gave the film an "A" on CinemaScore and critics gave it a solid good 98 percent approval rate.

Outside North America, Moana grossed $16.3 million, including an estimated $12.3 million in China, where it opened on Nov 25. For a global opening totaling, Moana got over $97.4 million.

The Harry Potter franchise remained strong, with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them predicted to be above $473.7 million in worldwide sales, with $65.8 million over the five-day holiday in north America. It has amassed $156.2 million over two weeks in the United States and Canada.

Additionally, the film grossed $132 million globally this weekend, fueled by openings in China and Japan where it brought in an estimated of $41.1 million and $15.5 million respectively.

Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange finished in third showing its strong sales in its fourth weekend of exhibition. It got $18.9 million this holiday period and internationally it has accumulated $616 million.

Paramount's R-rated World War II drama Allied debuted in fourth place, with $18 million dollars in five-day sales.

Another Paramount's film Arrival placed in fifth with $11.3 million, dipping just 7.3 percent in its third weekend. This $47 million budget film has gained over $62.3 million dollars since it has released.

Rounding out the rest 10 most-popular films in the US and Canada in five-day holiday period were Trolls ($14.3 million), Almost Christmas ($9.5 million), Bad Santa 2 ($9 million), Hacksaw Ridge ($7.7 million), and The Edge of Seventeen ($4.2 million).


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