By comparison, “Frozen,” Disney’s 2013 holiday season hit, earned about $27 million in the Wednesday and Thursday of its Thanksgiving debut and went on to gross $93.6 million over the five-day holiday weekend. That’s the second-highest Thanksgiving weekend opening, behind “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” with $109.9 million. “Frozen” went on to earn nearly $1.3 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing animated film of all time and the ninth-highest grossing film of all time.
“Moana” is projected to earn $85 million over the five-day weekend. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the musical fantasy adventure stars Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk. It features music from “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with Opetaia Foa’I and Mark Mancina.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” finished second at the domestic box office on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing in $20.6 million for a total gross of $111.1 million. Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” finished third with $2.5 million for a nearly $200 million U.S. haul to date, while Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard’s “Allied” opened with just over $5 million. “Allied” rounded out the top five with $2 million.
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