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'Moana' looks like another Disney hit. But will 2016 be another record box-office year?

'Moana' looks like another Disney hit. But will 2016 be another record box-office year?

After weathering a lackluster fall, Hollywood is looking to lift itself out of the doldrums this holiday season in what could end up a record year in ticket sales.

The movie business is enjoying a satisfying run of recent hit films, including Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls” and the Warner Bros. Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — each of which has posted strong results.  

Now the industry is hoping that momentum continues over the Thanksgiving holiday with a Disney cartoon featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a...

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