'Moana' Sets Sail To Surpass 'Frozen' In Thanksgiving Box Office Record

Disney looks like it is beating itself going into this Thanksgiving weekend. The studio’s latest animated offering, “Moana,” about a defiant Polynesian princess on a heroine’s quest to save her people and restore the planet’s ecological balance, took in $15.6 million at the box office Wednesday, its first full day of release, running ahead of the studio’s smash hit “Frozen,” which drew $15.16 million on Thanksgiving Eve in 2013.

While “Moana” is projected to earn more than $80 million over the five-day holiday weekend, that wouldn’t melt “Frozen,” which still holds the Thanksgiving five-day opening record, of $93.6 million. With runaway hits like “Finding Dory” and “Zootopia” under its belt, and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” looming, Disney is having a banner year. “Moana” is also holding a 97 percent fresh rating on the review-aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, a hair behind “Zootopia,” at 98 percent.

Source: NY Times

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