‘Moana’ Primed For A Breakout Box Office Weekend

MOANA’S MISSION — Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) may be a demigod—half god, half mortal, all awesome—but he’s no match for Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho), who’s determined to sail out on a daring mission to save her people. Moana's first challenge is convincing Maui to join her. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, produced by Osnat Shurer, and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
MOANA’S MISSION — Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) may be a demigod—half god, half mortal, all awesome—but he’s no match for Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho), who’s determined to sail out on a daring mission to save her people. Moana’s first challenge is convincing Maui to join her. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, produced by Osnat Shurer, and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was the big winner last weekend with a $76 million take.  Considering the film came from the mind of Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, it was a no-brainer that the Eddie Redmayne headlined project would be a hit. The movie’s reign at the top, however, should be supplanted  by the most popular “Rock” in Hollywood.

Already receiving great word of mouth, Moana is primed for a record breaking weekend. Some are already saying Moana could be one of the top grossing films this fall, and estimates have the filmmaking over $400 million.

The animated musical, which features Dwayne Johnson as demigod Maui, signals the debut of Auli’i Cravahlo as the voice of Moana. Along with being developed by the creative giants at Disney, Moana also boasts music from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. His collaboration with Disney continues as he co-stars with Emily Blunt in the 2018 release Mary Poppins Returns.

But let’s circle back to Moana. Will the movie surpass the $486 million domestic mark reached by Finding Dory, aka the #1 movie of this year? Though It’ll be hard to beat reach the top spot, Moana should make a pretty penny when it comes out nationwide November 23, 2016.

Many animated films have also received worldwide acclaim upon their release, as Zootopia, The Jungle Book, The Little Prince, and Kubo and the Two Strings should be remembered come Oscar nomination. Will Moana reach such critically beloved heights, or will it just miss the cut?

It’ll be an interesting Thanksgiving weekend, as moviegoers will flock to see Moana. Whether it beats Finding Dory or even The Secret Life of Pets is another story.