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While the end of December often brings the box office year to a close with a bang, the first two weekends often represent the calm before the storm. Between December 16 and Christmas Day, seven new movies hit theaters in wide release, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Collateral Beauty, Assassin's Creed, Sing, Passengers, Why Him? and Fences. Between the upcoming December 9 frame and last weekend, only two new movies arrive in wide releae, Incarnate, which opened in ninth place with $2.6 million and this weekend's sole newcomer, Paramount's Office Christmas Party. This weekend will also see an expansion into roughly 1,600 theaters for Miss Sloane, which opened over Thanksgiving in limited release. Given this lack of competition, Moana should come out on top for a third week in a row over this holiday comedy, although it will likely be quite the close call.
Box Office Mojo reports that the R-rated comedy Office Christmas Party »
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 »
Disney's animated adventure Moana had no trouble taking down three fellow newcomers over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend at the box office, bringing in $56.3 million over the three-day weekend and $82 million over the five-day extended weekend. Starting this Friday, it will only have one newcomer to face, Blumhouse's horror-thriller Incarnate, which is expected to debut in less than half the theaters Moana is playing in. With that being said, Moana should have no trouble repeating atop the box office with a projected $27.3 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Incarnate will open in approximately 1,500 theaters, a far cry from the 3,875 theaters that Moana opened in over the holiday weekend. The weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally a weak one at the box office, with holdovers from earlier in the month almost always dominating over the meager competition doled out by the studios. In fact, since box office figures started being made official by »
Neil Young's surreal 1982 comedy Human Highway will finally get a nationwide theatrical release on February 29th. It will be paired with his 1979 concert movie Rust Never Sleeps and a Q&A with Young and Human Highway cast members Charlotte Stewart, Russ Tamblyn and Devo's Gerald Casale conducted by Cameron Crowe. Tickets for An Evening With Neil Young will be available on January 15th.
Human Highway tells the story of a group of regulars at a small-town diner/gas station, with a nuclear power plant accidentally triggering the end of the world. »
4 items from 2016
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