"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

A pair of kid flicks dominated a relatively-slow weekend at the nation’s box offices Sunday, movie analysts said.

“Moana” was number one for the second week, with an estimated $28.4 million in sales this weekend in the U.S. and Canada.

“Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” was second, with $18.4 million in sales this weekend. In three weeks, it has brought in $183.5 million in North American ticket sales.

Third place was held down by “Arrival,” with $7.3 million in receipts this weekend and $73 million in three weeks of exhibition.

Rounding out the 10 most-popular movies this week, as estimated by the studios, were “Allied” ($7 million), “Doctor Strange” ($6.9 million), “Trolls” ($4.6 million), “Hacksaw Ridge” ($3.4 million), “Bad Santa 2” ($3.3 million), “Incarnate” (debuting at $2.6 million) and  “Almost Christmas” ($2.5 million).

The Christmas wave of new films began to roll out this weekend in limited release, with “Jackie” opening on just five screens nationwide and taking in $275,000, and “Lion” grossing $120,234 in seven theaters.

“Manchester By The Sea” dealt $2.7 million this weekend on just 156 screens, “Nocturnal Animals” dealt $686,095 in admissions on 127 screens, and “Miss Sloane,” in its second week of limited release, sold $123,036 in tickets at four theaters.

–City News Service

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