The weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally one of the weakest frames of the year, where holdovers almost always reign supreme over new releases. This year, only one new movie was released, the horror-thriller Incarnate, but, as expected, last weekend's winner Moana had no trouble repeating atop the box office, taking in $28.3 million. Incarnate barely cracked the top 10, opening in ninth place with $2.6 million, continuing a tradition of new releases failing to win this weekend.
Since box office stats became official in 1982, a new release has only took the top spot three times. The first time it happened was in 1988, with the release of The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, which won with $9.3 million. In 1991, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country became the second new release to conquer this weekend with $18.1 million, with The Last Samurai becoming the last new release to do so in 2003, when it took the top spot with $24.2 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Incarnate debuted in 1,737 theaters, a far cry from the 3,875 theaters that Moana opened in over the holiday weekend. Incarnate only earned a $1,531 per-screen average in its opening weekend, and although it only earned $2.6 million, the film only cost $5 million to produce. It should have no problem generating a profit at some point throughout its box office run.
Moana is set the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, where a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore. Dwayne Johnson leads the voice cast as Maui, with newcomer Auli'i Cravalho voicing the title character. The supporting voice cast is rounded out by Alan Tudyk as Heihei, Nicole Scherzinger as Sina and Jemaine Clement as Tamatoa.
Incarnate follows a scientist with the ability to enter the subconscious minds of the possessed who must save a young boy from the grips of a demon with powers never seen before, while facing the horrors of his past. The horror-thriller stars Aaron Eckhart, Carice Van Houten, Karolina Wydra, Matthew Nable, Keir O'Donnell, Catalina Sandido Moreno, David Mazouz and Emjay Anthony. We're projecting that it will barely crack the top 10, taking in $1.6 million in the 10th spot.
With only one new release this weekend, the top 10 will largely remain intact, with Moana repeating at the top with $28.3 million, followed by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with $18.5 million, Arrival in third place with $7.3 million, Allied in fourth place with $7 million and Doctor Strange in fifth place with $6.4 million. The top 10 is rounded out by Trolls ($4.6 million), Hacksaw Ridge ($3.4 million), Bad Santa 2 ($3.2 million), Incarnate ($2.6 million) and Almost Christmas ($2.5 million). Despite the lack of newcomers in wide release, there are a number of limited release titles that could fare well in platform releases.
Fox Searchlight will roll out its potential awards season contender Jackie this weekend, which earned an impressive $275,000 from just five theaters for a whopping $55,000 per-screen average and IFC's drama Things to Come, which earned $33,090 from three theaters for a $11,030 per-screen average. No box office data was released for Archstone's drama Anonymous, First Run's documentary Best and Most Beautiful Things, Magnolia's horror-thriller The Eyes of My Mother, GVN Releasing's drama A Girl Like Grace and Distrib Films' drama In Her Name. It isn't known if any of these films will be expanded nationwide in the weeks to come, but that will likely depend on how they fare in limited release this weekend.
Looking ahead to next weekend, Paramount's Office Christmas Party is the only movie opening in wide release, with a slew of limited release titles also arriving. Lionsgate will roll out its critically-acclaimed musical La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, alongside Magnolia's documentary Harry Benson: Shoot First, Screen Media's thriller Sugar Mountain, Viva Pictures Distribution's romantic comedy The Bounce Back and Yash Raj's drama Bekfire. Take a look at the top 10 for the weekend of December 2, and check back on Tuesday for the next wave of predictions.
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