Moana came from behind this week to retain the Number 1 spot for a third week, putting a damper on the first place Friday finish for Office Christmas Party. With it’s $18.5 million weekend, dropping only 34% from the previous week, Moana‘s domestic total now stands at $144.7 million. Overseas the film pulled in another $23.5 million bringing the international market total to $93.8 million, and a global total of $238.8 million.
Office Christmas Party did manage to deliver an early holiday gift to Paramount with a $16.8 million second place finish. The better news is that while playing on 665 less screens than Moana, its per screen average of $5,262 was $479 higher than Moana‘s $4,783. Of course, you have to consider that Moana probably still sold more tickets at discounted children’s prices. Office Christmas Party also opened in 49 overseas markets earning $16.4 million for a worldwide gross of $33.3 million.
With no other new releases in the Top Ten, the chart still saw some major shifts thanks to the expanded openings of several films previously in limited release. Addind 1,135 screens to last week’s 127, Nocturnal Animals saw a big 352% gain, moving up from 16 to Number 7 with $3.16 million, just about doubling its three week gross to $6.2 million in week four. Manchester by the Sea, which earned some love at the Critics Choice Awards this weekend, added 210 screens for a total of 366 (the lowest in the Top Ten), gaining 40% with $3.13 million, moving up from 11 to 8. With such a close finish between the two films, one should look at the per screen averages to see the whole story with Nocturnal Animals earning $2,505 per screen and Manchester earning a whopping $8,556, almost twice as much as Moana.
Outside the Top Ten, Miss Sloane added 1,644 screens to its previous four, gaining 4,013% and moving up from Number 41 to Number 11 in its third week of release, earning $1.8 million despite some rather tepid reviews. On the flip side, La La Land finally opened for general audiences in very limited release — five screens — and scored an $881,104 opening, good for a Number 15 debut. With the huge buzz and critical acclaim, plus it’s eight Critics Choice Awards and seven Golden Globe nominations, the coming weekend when the film expands to a wider release should see it easily slide into the Top Ten.
Of course, the December 16 weekend will most likely see more huge shifts with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opening on over 4,000 screens, the Will Smith drama Collateral Beauty opens on more than 2,900 screens, Manchester by the Sea adds another 1,200 screens, and the Oscar bait drama Fences opens in limited release.
Below are the Top Ten actual numbers for the weekend of December 9.
6.  Allied – $3,955,705 [$35,589,157]
7.  Nocturnal Animals – $3,161,381 [$6,187,509]
9.  Trolls – $3,020,165 [$145,400,169]
10.  Hacksaw Ridge – $2,288,401 [$60,850,849]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo