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‘Moana’ tops box office for second weekend

LOS ANGELES — “Moana” sailed to the top of the domestic box office for the second consecutive weekend. The Disney animated adventure picked up $28.4 million to push its stateside haul to $119.9 million.

Not that “Moana” faced much in the way of competition. The weekend after Thanksgiving tends to be a slow one for the movie business and this year’s edition was in keeping with that tradition. The only major new release, “Incarnate,” failed to sell many tickets, earning $2.6 million and falling short of its expected $4 million to $5 million opening.

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“Incarnate”centers on a scientist (Aaron Eckhart) who enters the mind of an 11-year old boy to rid him of an evil spirit. The horror film is the latest offering from BH Tilt, which is trying to contain distribution costs by orchestrating more targeted marketing campaigns for certain theatrical releases. “Incarnate” used digital advertising to try to better reach younger, horror fans, and debuted on 1,700 screens, substantially fewer theaters than most studio movies. It cost $5 million to produce.

“Believe,” a faith-based drama about a Christmas pageant, grossed a quiet $602,519 from 639 locations. Freestyle Releasing backed the film.

One bright spot was the limited release debut of Fox Searchlight’s “Jackie.” The look at First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s efforts to put on a funeral for Jack Kennedy that will honor her husband and cement the president’s legacy, has earned raves for Natalie Portman’s lead performance and Oscar buzz. It also did strong business in five theaters, picking up $275,000 for a $55,000 per-screen average.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the Harry Potter spin-off from Warner Bros., took second place, earning $18.5 million to push its domestic gross to $183.5 million.

Paramount’s “Arrival” came in third, earning $7.3 million. The science fiction thriller has made $73.1 million. Coming in fourth, Paramount’s “Allied” added $7 million to its $28.9 million gross. Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” rounded out the top five, picking up $6.5 million to bring its stateside bounty to $215.3 million.

Among Oscar contenders, Amazon Studios and Roadside’s “Manchester by the Sea” expanded nicely, picking up $2.4 million after moving from 48 to 156 screens. The acclaimed drama about a grieving janitor has made $4.4 million.

A24’s “Moonlight” continued to impress. The coming-of-age story made $915,750, pushing its gross to $9.9 million.

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