Moana Hooks Another Win, Spoils Office Christmas Party


Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Moana won the weekend’s box office title.

No, wait, you can’t stop me! I’ve already written this blog! I can say anything I want here! Anything! Well, within reason, of course. You never know what my editor may want to change.

So, given my semi-utter control over this space, let me tell you that Moana won the weekend for the third straight week, banking an estimated $18.8 million en route. Disney’s newest princess movie has now collected $145 million overall in North America.

And you can’t stop me from pointing out what a great year this has been for the Mouse House.

In 2016, Disney has pushed a film to the top of the North American charts in 18 separate weekends. It began way back in January when Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated the box office, continued through Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory, Doctor Strange and, finally, Moana. These were no one-week wonders, either. Of those chart-toppers, five are in the year’s Top 10 (No. 1 Finding Dory at $486.3 million; No. 2 Captain America, $408.1 million; No. 4 Jungle Book, $364 million; and No. 9 Doctor Strange, $222.4 million). Earnings for The Force Awakens don’t count for this year, given the film was released in 2015. But it tops last year’s list of movies with an incredible $936.7 million.

All this historical domination bode ill for the weekend’s Office Christmas Party, the only new wide release this week. It earned $17.5 million to finish second. All the R-rated flick could do was raise a glass of eggnog to the victor.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finished third with about $10.7 million. Moreover, the Harry Potter prequel is just about to become the 10th movie this year to earn $200 million. Its total haul thus far is $199.3 million, meaning it’ll likely slip over the mark before you close this page.

Arrival, the acclaimed sci-fi drama, continues to hold strong, collecting another $5.6 million. It finished fourth, besting another Disney movie, Doctor Strange ($4.6 million).

Yes, Disney has dominated the box office like no studio has before—and it’s run isn’t done yet, not with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming out this coming weekend. Looks like the studio will be looking to finish the year much as it started: With a show of the Force.

Final figures update: 1. Moana, $18.5 million; 2. Office Christmas Party, $16.9 million; 3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, $10.4 million; 4. Arrival, $5.6 million; 5. Doctor Strange, $4.5 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Posted by First Comment Guy

I'm only mildly excited for Rogue one. I'm more interested in seeing The Founder this weekend because 1: I loved the director's other movies (The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks), and 2: I got a job at McDonalds this past summer and this will be a great way to celebrate my six month anniversary!