'Moana' retains its charms, leads box office again

Tre'vell Anderson
Los Angeles Times (TNS)

LOS ANGELES — Following a massive box-office performance over the Thanksgiving holiday, Disney's "Moana" and Warner Bros.' "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" continued to be the top performers on a weekend that was as sleepy as expected.
In its second weekend, "Moana" pulled in an additional $28.4 million in the U.S. and Canada, surpassing analyst expectations of $25 million. The animated picture featuring the voices of Dwayne Johnson and newcomer Auli'i Cravalho has grossed $119.9 million domestically. When added to its international gross of $57.5 million, "Moana" has already made back its $150 million price tag.
"Fantastic Beasts" landed in second place in its third weekend with $18.5 million. The movie, starring Eddie Redmayne as a magical zoologist, has collected a total of $183.5 million domestically and $424.4 million in foreign countries — a positive sign for the five-film series J.K. Rowling is expected to write for the studio.
Paramount's "Arrival" took third place in its fourth weekend, with $7.3 million. The heady drama stars Amy Adams as a linguist recruited to communicate with extraterrestrials who have placed 12 spaceships around the globe. The film has pulled in $73.1 million domestically.
"Allied," also from Paramount, landed in fourth in its second weekend, adding $7.1 million for a domestic gross of $28.9 million. The WWII drama stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.
Pulling up the rear in fifth place is Disney's "Doctor Strange." In its sixth week, the Marvel tale took in $6.5 million. The trippy film, led by Benedict Cumberbatch, has grossed a total of $634.9 million globally, $419.6 million of which is from international markets.
The only new wide-release offering was the horror movie "Incarnate," which opened to $2.6 million. Analysts expected it to do less than $5 million.
"Incarnate" stars Aaron Eckhart as an exorcist who confronts a demon that has possessed a young boy. Neither audiences nor critics appeared pleased. The film received a C-minus CinemaScore from moviegoers, and only 21 percent of critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a positive rating.
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.
On the limited-release front, Fox Searchlight released "Jackie," the well-reviewed biopic in which Natalie Portman portrays first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination. The film garnered $275,000 from five theaters in New York and Los Angeles for an impressive per-theater average of $55,000.
The Weinstein Co.'s "Lion," starring Dev Patel, pulled $120,234 from seven theaters. Its gross to date is $279,382. EuropaCorp's "Miss Sloane," starring Jessica Chastain and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, took in $123,036 from four locations. The Casey Affleck drama "Manchester by the Sea" expanded to 156 theaters, garnering $2.4 million. The Kenneth Lonergan-directed picture has made $4.4 million to date. "Nocturnal Animals," directed by Tom Ford, earned $686,095 at 127 locations. It has made $2.7 million total.

Moana, voiced by Auli'i Cravalho, in a scene from the animated film "Moana." The film was the top box-office draw in its second weekend in theaters.