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“Moana” Should Remain On Top of the Box Office This Weekend

After the big numbers last weekend, things will quiet down a bit at the box office, as no new major releases are opening. Who will wind up on top? Here’s our prediction:

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Disney’s Moana has been a massive hit, regarded as perhaps the film the studio has been working to make over the last 60+ years. Look for Moana to hold on to the top spot this weekend with $30 million.

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“Moana” Rocks the US Thanksgiving Box Office

It was a huge weekend at the box office, thanks to the solid offering of critically acclaimed films in theaters. Only one could hit the top of the box office, though, and it managed to rock all the other films. Here’s what went down:

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Moana was the big hit at the Thanksgiving box office this weekend, bringing in a simply outstanding $54.7 million over the three day weekend, with potentially more to come once the actually arrive. No doubt The Rock’s star power and social media presence helped send this Disney film skyrocketing. It should also have a nice run leading up to the arrival of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th.

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“Moana” Brings an Animated The Rock to Theaters

It’s the Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S.A., which means folks should be heading to the movies in droves to check out the decent offering of flicks waiting to be seen. Which will be on top, though? Here’s our prediction:

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Moana is the new animated Disney film starring the vocal talents of Dwayne The Rock Johnson, arguably the biggest movie star on the planet right now. The team of up of The Rock and Disney should make this film the family choice for the weekend, and Moana should have no trouble hitting the top with $75 million.

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A Sort of Fantastic Debut for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

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It was a fairly magical weekend at the box office, though perhaps not up to wizarding standards. Here’s what went down:

 

This weekend’s number one was, unsurprisingly, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the beginning of a brand new series set in the Harry Potter world. The movie had a lot going for it, including franchise director David Yates and an original screenplay written by JK Rowling. However, perhaps the lack of recognizable characters may have been one of the reasons that the film could only muster up $76 million in its debut. While that number would be outstanding for so many films, considering the billion dollar numbers the Harry Potter movies have accumulated, the studio expected more (and to be honest, so did I). It will certainly be interesting to see how the film holds up over the coming weeks, since there are five films set to be released in this new franchise.

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Fantastic Beasts is aiming for a fantastic weekend

There be beasts coming to movie theatres this weekend, and no doubt they will be ruling over all other films. How much will they conjure up? Here’s our prediction:

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a brand new film set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. That’s really all you need to know, and is explanation enough as to why I think this film is going to have an outstanding opening weekend. But a few more reasons – reviews have been solid, the script was written by JK Rowling herself, and director David Yates brings with him his Potter pedigree as the director of the last few films in the original series. While Harry and company are absent from Fantastic Beasts, fans have been clamouring to return to that world, and here’s their opportunity. Look for a first place finish with $120 million.

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“Doctor Strange” Stays Strong, “Arrival” Finds An Audience

Marvel’s latest offering held strong at the box office this weekend, while a new release managed to exceed expectations. Here’s what went down:

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Marvel’s Doctor Strange had an outstanding second weekend, bringing in an estimated $43 million, down just 49% from its opening weekend gross. The film has now brought in $153 million in North America and will have no trouble crossing $200 million.

Debuting in third place with $24 million was the weekend’s cerebral science fiction offering, Arrival. This certainly exceeded all expectations, but its strong reviews and the star power of Amy Adams certainly helped the film find an audience. There’s talk of an Oscar nomination for Adams for her performance and, having seen the film, I’d say the talk is more than warranted. Arrival could have some decent legs over the coming weeks as word of mouth spreads.

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Will a new Arrival take the top spot from Doctor Strange at the box office?

A new, non-franchise science fiction film arrives in theaters this weekend. Will it find an audience? Here’s our prediction:

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Arrival stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, and has been buzzed about for months now. The film is about the arrival of aliens on Earth, but appears to be taking a more cerebral approach rather than an ID4 ‘let’s blow ’em to hell’ one. How that plays out with audiences is the question, though considering the complete lack of interest in the Independence Day sequel, this may be the sci-fi film people are looking for. However, Arrival will have to contend with the Doctor Strange, so don’t expect to see it in the top spot. Arrival should debut in third place with $19 million.

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Doctor Strange weaves his spell on the box office

There’s something strange at the box office this weekend, and it managed to score with audiences. Here’s what went down:

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Marvel’s Doctor Strange debut in first place this weekend with an outstanding $85 million. That’s definitely off from our predictions, but to be fair, I was shooting high with that one. The number is $0.7 million from Thor: The Dark World, the previous Marvel film to debut in November and one that wasn’t debuting a brand new MCU characters. Reviews have been solid across the board, and I’d be surprising if Doctor Strange doesn’t top out over $200 million in North America by the end of its run. It’s yet another home run for Marvel Studios.

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Will Doctor Strange weave a spell at the box office?

This weekend will be a big one at the box office, as the brain trust at Marvel Studios look to launch a brand new franchise with a classic character. Will they deliver the goods again? Here’s our prediction:

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Doctor Strange is yet another new piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe about to be carved out. Directed by horror regular Scott Derrickson, the film follows Stephen Strange, a noticed surgeon who has lost the use of his hands, into the supernatural, spiritual side of the MCU. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Strange and, while he looks the part, it’s definitely going to be interesting to see how much the actor is able to claim ownership on the character a la Chris Evans or Robert Downey Jr. As of this writing, the film is sitting at 90% fresh over at Rotten Tomatoes, which is simply outstanding. How will this translate at the box office this fall? Methinks fairly solidly, though not spectacularly. Look for a first place showing for Doctor Strange with $101 million.

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“Inferno” Flames Out At The Box Office

Sometimes movies just crash and burn and all we can do is watch. Such was the case with the one big release this weekend at the box office. Here’s what went down:

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Tyler Perry must be smiling this morning, as it appears in the weekend estimates that Boo! A Madea Halloween has remained on top of the box office for the second weekend in a row. The film is looking at $16.67 million, which would raise its two week total to just north of $50 million. More impressive, however, is the fact that last week the film managed to keep Tom Cruise from the top of the box office, while this week it held off Tom Hanks. Ouch!

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