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Box office: Manchester by the Sea leads a pack of Oscar hopefuls in limited release in an otherwise slow week

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There was very little change among the top ten movies at the box office this week.

The only new wide release this week was the horror film Incarnate, which landed in ninth place with an estimated $2.7 million between Friday and Sunday.

There was a fair bit of activity happening outside the top ten, though, among the limited releases vying for attention during the build-up to the Oscars.

Manchester by the Sea, a critically-acclaimed drama about a man coping with various losses in his life, landed in 11th place with an estimated $2.3 million from only 156 theatres, thereby raising its cume to $4.4 million in its third week.1

Loving, about a landmark civil rights case that struck down the laws forbidding interracial marriages in the 1960s, landed in 13th place with an estimated $997,000 from 446 theatres and raised its cume to $5.6 million after five weeks.

Moonlight, about a young man dealing with racial and sexual identity issues at three different points in his life, landed in 14th place with an estimated $915,750 from 574 theatres and raised its cume to $9.9 million after seven weeks.

And Jackie, starring Natalie Portman as President Kennedy’s widow, opened in only five theatres and landed in 20th place with an estimated $275,000.

Meanwhile, in other box-office news…

Moana earned $28.4 million and ranked first in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $119.9 million. The film has earned another $57.5 million overseas for a global total of $177.4 million.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them earned $18.5 million and ranked second in its third week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $183.5 million. The film has earned another $424.4 million overseas for a global total of $607.9 million.

Arrival earned $7.3 million and ranked third in its fourth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $73.1 million. The film has earned another $32.2 million overseas for a global total of $105.2 million.

Allied earned $7.1 million and ranked fourth in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $28.9 million. The film has earned another $24.8 million overseas for a global total of $53.7 million.

Doctor Strange earned $6.5 million and ranked fifth in its fifth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $215.3 million. The film has earned another $419.6 million overseas for a global total of $634.9 million.

Trolls earned $4.6 million and ranked sixth in its fifth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $141.4 million. The film has earned another $155.3 million overseas for a global total of $296.7 million.

Hacksaw Ridge earned $3.4 million and ranked seventh in its fifth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $57.3 million. The film has earned another $18.1 million overseas for a global total of $75.4 million.

Bad Santa 2 earned $3.3 million and ranked eighth in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $14.3 million. The film has earned another $1.9 million overseas for a global total of $16.2 million.

And Almost Christmas earned $2.5 million and ranked tenth in its fourth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $38.1 million. The film has earned another $76,115 overseas for a global total of $38.2 million.

Next week brings us Office Christmas Party and the wide release of Miss Sloane.

1. For comparison’s sake, every movie in the top ten is in between 1,556 and 3,988 theatres.

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