The first weekend of December brought little holiday magic to the box office with only one new release cracking the Top Ten … barely. With no real new competition, Moana held on to the top spot even though it dropped 50% from its opening weekend, finishing with $28.2 million. Its two week domestic total is nearly $120 million. Moana also opened in five major overseas markets this weekend — France, Russia, Mexico, UK and Spain — adding another $32 million to its international totals. Globally the film has grossed $179.5 million.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them held on to the Number 2 spot in its third week with $18.1 million, down nearly 60% from the previous week (and playing on more than 100 more screens than Moana). The $180 million film has now earned $183 million domestically and $607.4 million worldwide. Paramount is getting some holiday cheer after a pretty dreadful year to date with Allied hanging on to the Number 4 spot in its second week with $7 million, and Arrival added 473 screens in its fourth week, dropping 37% with a $7.2 million weekend but jumping two spots up to Number 3.
The only new film in the Top Ten this week was the horror thriller Incarnate which had been projected to earn $4-5 million. Instead, it only scared up $2.5 million, which was good for ninth place. Luckily the film only cost $5 million. Outside the Top Ten, the new biopic Jackie opened on five screens with $278,715, good for Number 21. Manchester By the Sea continued its rollout, adding 108 screens (156 total) and saw an 86% increase, moving up to Number 11 with $2.2 million, swapping places with Loving which added 25 screens but dropped to Number 13 with $968,746. Last week’s record breaking flop Rules Don’t Apply improbably added 4 screens and still dropped 66%, falling from 12 to 17 with $543,058. The $25 million film has earned $3.3 million in two weeks. Nocturnal Animals ticked up two spots to Number 16, but should see more movement next week as it opens wide on December 9.
December 9 will also see the limited release of the critically hailed La La Land, and wide releases Miss Sloane and Office Christmas Party.
Below are the Top Ten actual numbers for the weekend of December 2.
4.  Allied – $7,026,066 [$28,903,498]
6.  Trolls – $4,688,393 [$141,459,838]
7.  Hacksaw Ridge – $3,341,027 [$57,205,983]
8.  Bad Santa 2 – $3,286,338 [$14,287,382]
9. [N] Incarnate – $2,534,884 [NEW]
10.  Almost Christmas – $2,532,050 [$38,179,200]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo