Initial Reaction: Video Review - MOANA
The big news story at the holiday box office this year was certainly the latest from Disney Animation as Moana scored the second largest five-day Thanksgiving opening of all-time and the third largest three-day Thanksgiving opening of all-time. Those numbers are $81.1 million and $55.5 million respectively as the film not only had to fend off other new releases such as Allied and Bad Santa 2, but strong holdovers in the form of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Arrival, and Doctor Strange. Moana comes in behind only Frozen in terms of the largest Thanksgiving debut ever allowing for Disney to now claim nine of the ten spots for the both the best three-day and five-day box office top tens over the Thanksgiving holiday. More than the numbers though, Moana deserved to be number one as it is far and away my favorite animated film of the year (I haven't been able to get it's songs out of my head all weekend) and while it couldn't best Frozen at the box office and likely won't strike the same cultural chord as that film did three years ago Moana is still something to very much be celebrated as it is the better film in my humble opinion. As for those holdovers, the J.K. Rowling-penned Fantastic Beasts pulled in a strong second week with a $45.1 million three-day and a $65.76 million five-day total bringing the film's domestic cume to $156.2 million after only ten days in release with it now standing at $473.7 million globally. Doctor Strange passed $200 million domestically this weekend with an estimated $13.36 million three-day and $18.85 million five-day weekend. And while we had some issues with our video review of Arrival it is still a film worth seeking out while in theaters and seems to be holding strong, finishing its third weekend with a take of $15.6 million over the course of the five-day weekend bringing its domestic total to $62.38 million on a $47 million budget. That's it for now, but as always, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel as we have a new review (or reviews) up each week!

Read my full MOANA review here.

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