Box Office: “Christmas Party” opens healthy, “Miss Sloane” bombs — “Moana” rules

moana1An interesting in-between weekend at the box office, as the animated juggernaut “Moana” wins another week, besting the raunchy R-rated comedy “Office Christmas Party.”

But it was close, with “Moana” clearing $18 million ($145 million overall, not a world beater, but it will surpass “Trolls” by Monday’s first shows). “Party” will flirt with $17 by midnight Sunday.

“Nocturnal Animals” goes into wide release and cracks the  Top Ten.

“Hacksaw Ridge” is plowing along, now over $60 million, with enough awards buzz to suggest it’ll flirt with $85 million when all is said and done.

“Miss Sloane,” a Jessica Chastain political thriller with limited Oscar buzz, opened wide and didn’t even manage to reach the Top Ten. $2.1 million.

Awards bait limited releases “La La Land,” “Lion” and “Jackie” have opened in less than half a dozen theaters each and are doing spectacular business in those. Oscar buzz will make their Jan. openings healthy.


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