"Moana" raked in an estimated $97.4 million worldwide in its debut. Image: Disney
“Moana” raked in an estimated $97.4 million worldwide in its debut. Image: Disney

Disney has hit animation gold again this weekend, with “Moana” raking in an estimated $97.4 million worldwide in its debut.

In the U.S. and Canada, the animated feature was number one with an estimated $81.1 million in ticket sales in the five-day holiday weekend period.

The Harry Potter franchise remained strong, with “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” predicted to be above $317 million in worldwide sales, with a domestic tally of $65.8 million over the five-day holiday. Domestically, it has amassed $156.2 million over two weeks.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Doctor Strange” continued to show strong sales in its fourth weekend of exhibition. It was predicted to sell $18.9 million this holiday period, good enough for third place, and internationally it has accumulated $616 million in used ticket stubs.

The R-rated World War II drama “Allied” debuted in fourth place, with $18 million in domestic sales over the entire holiday.

Rounding out the 10 most-popular films in the U.S. and Canada, as projected by the studios and collated by analysts at comScore, were “Arrival” ($15.6 million), “Trolls” ($14.3 million), “Bad Santa 2” ($9 million), “Rules Don’t Apply” (debuting at $2.2 million), “Manchester By The Sea” (in limited release at $1.3 million) and “Nocturnal Animals” (in limited release at $816,000).

–City News Service

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