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.