Box office: ‘Moana’ keeps its lock on the top spot and is expected to pass $120 million
In a weekend without any new major studio releases, Disney’s animated feature “Moana” continued its hold on the box office in its second week, adding $6.4 million Friday.
That puts the South Pacific-set film, which features songs by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and the voices of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, on track to pull in roughly $29 million this weekend and would drive its domestic total to over $120 million, a number that was shared by those who have reviewed audience surveys.
The film has received strong critical notices, earning a rating of 98% on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
Still holding steady in its third week is J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which brought in $5 million Friday. The Warner Bros. film, which stars Eddie Redmayne, has earned close to $170 million.
Meanwhile, the Brad Pitt-Marion Cotillard World War II romance film “Allied,” ($2.2 million) and the Amy Adams-led alien flick “Arrival” ($2.1 million) are neck and neck in the bid to edge out Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” for third place.
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