Box Office: “Moana” skates ahead of “Frozen,” “Incarnate” bombs, Beatty’s a bust

boxDisney’s “Moana” only has Disney’s “Frozen” for ready comparison, as far as holiday animated blockbusters go, and it’s besting that Pixar-busting smash by 22% thus far in its run, according to 

The Polynesian “Moana” is over $122 million after 12 days, a bright spot in a generally tepid holiday season at the box office.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is over $180 million, and not running out of steam.

This weekend’s widest new release, an Aaron Eckhart starring horror also-ran titled “Incarnate,” didn’t even crack the top ten. But at least it earned over $2 million.

Look at Warren Beatty’s career-ender, “Rules Don’t Apply.” On 23-240o screens, and barely half a million at the box office. Over and out.

“Manchester by the Sea” is riding good notices and awards buzz into the top ten. “Hacksaw Ridge” looks like it will finish up with about $70 million, a “comeback” for Mel Gibson that could extend to awards season honors.

“Bad Santa 2” turned out to be a bust, “Arrival” is creeping along — awards buzz will help — and is over $70 and could stick around long enough to clear $100. Amy Adams and Natalie Portman now look like the Oscar best actress favorites.

“Lion” is doing good business in limited release, Portman’s turn as “Jackie” is doing better.


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