Box Office Battle 12/9-12/11 Edition

Another weekend has come and gone and that means it time for another Box Office Battle. I hope you all had a lovely weekend in and out of the movies, but enough small talk. Time to announce this weekend’s winners!

1. Moana – $18,533,804


Taking the top slot for the third time in its three week run is the newest Disney film MoanaThis isn’t too surprising considering practically everything Disney touches turns to gold. Not to mention the talent attached to this little project. Though their main character Moana is voiced by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, the young heroine is aided by the demigod Maui, who is voiced by The Rock himself. And on top of that, the hottest guy in musicals did the music! That guy is Lin-Manuel Miranda for all the heathens out there (I just saw Hamilton last night by the way and WHOA). I still haven’t seen this movie, though not for lack of trying, but I have heard that this is a great representation of the polynesian people as well as a female heroine. Sadly this movie will be playing for second next week when this little thing called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters in the US, but hey, it was good while it lasted.

2. Office Christmas Party – $16,890,204


And coming in with the silver is new addition Office Christmas Party, directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck. With a budget of $45 million, this probably wasn’t quite as high as the studios were hoping for, however if this is to Rogue One as Sisters was to The Force Awakens, they could end up doing just fine. For those of you who were so Star Wars crazed this time last year that you didn’t even know what Sisters was, I shall explain. So the weekend that Star Wars Episode VII came out so did the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy Sisters. Now to the untrained eye this seems like a horrible idea because everybody would be going to Star Wars, but that’s not completely true. Not everyone is gonna get to the theater in time to see The Force Awakens, or maybe they’ll just want something not Star Wars, so they see Sisters. This is what’s called counter-programming, but it only works when the other movie is as far from the popular movie as possible. So if some Sci-fi film was set to come out that weekend then it would’ve done significantly less than usual, but because this was something totally different a mediocre comedy was able to make good money. And, like Sisters, this is a movie with a very well known cast (TJ Miller, Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, etc.) that isn’t hated by critics. And to top it off, it’s a Christmas movie! So I’ll do just fine.

3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – $10,421,251


Bumped to bronze is the newest edition to the wizarding world, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Directed by David Yates (Director of the last few Harry Potter films), Fantastic Beasts earned the right to be in wonderful world created by the great JK Rowling so many years ago. Having made damn near $200 million in its four week run it’s become clear that WB will definitely be going through with that whole five movie plan that we heard about. While its run may be up soon, it did have quite a good one. Rock on Beasts.

4. Arrival – $5,587,109


Still sticking it out is the brilliant Denis Villeneuve Sci-fi film Arrival. Starring heavy hitters such as Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, Arrival is the Oscar movie no one saw coming. I mean, we saw that the guy who directed Sicario was directing this, but genre films are never really Oscar contenders. At most they win the technical awards and that’s it, but not this year. Arrival is a Sci-fi film that makes you rethink the bounds of the genre of Sci-fi, and it seems audiences are responding to it as such. This movie is in its fifth week and it just ADDED 200 theaters. That’s right, I said added. This is a movie worth seeing not once, but twice. So please make the time before the clock does run out and you gotta was till it’s on FX or something.

5. Doctor Strange – $4,535,827


And taking the final slot of the evening is none other than Doctor Strange. Likely the most out there film in the MCU to date, Doctor Strange was a visual thrill ride worth the IMAX cost. It’s had a good run in these six weeks, beating out several Marvel classics in the domestic box office, but alas with the coming of Rogue One Doctor Strange will most definitely be bumped out of the top five. But like I said, it’s been quite a run.

Honorable Mentions

15. La La Land – $881,104


This movie seems to be something truly special considering all it’s done so far. Barely out and already a critical darling, La La Land is a musical reminiscent of a time we all need to be transported to. Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, La La Land has the makings of a smash hit, as can be seen from this. It made $881,104 in just five theaters. FIVE. That’s a lot of money. While movies in the genre of musical usually do less than satisfactory (excluding the ones with the Disney logo slapped on the front), this seems to be the movie to break the disappointing habit of not making any money. Fingers crossed I’m right.

So did you guess the order this week? Which do you think will stick around for next week? Are you seeing La La Land when it’s out wide? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world of movie news.




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