‘Fantastic Beasts’ shows signs of life at the box office

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Disney’s Moana is number one at the box office this weekend, with an impressive $55.5 million estimated as its domestic start.

That might seem like a low number next to the $74.4 million opening for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them last week, but context is importantMoana is the tenth Walt Disney Animation Studios release since its mid-aughts reformation, and it’s the third-highest opening to date, after Zootopia and Big Hero 6.

The road ahead for Moana looks very bright as evidenced by a warm critical reception, an “A” rating from CinemaScore audience polling, and an estimated $71.8 million start overseas. Read more…

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