LOS ANGELES • It was a weekend of nice and naughty at the United States box office, with two buoyant musicals, Moana and La La Land, turning in big results, alongside the decidedly raunchy Office Christmas Party.
After a celebrated run on the autumn film festival circuit, the Lionsgate musical La La Land arrived in five locations and collected a sizzling US$855,000 (S$1.22 million), one of the best limited- release results on record.
The total surpassed the initial US$811,000 outcome for The Grand Budapest Hotel, a runaway indie hit in 2014. La La Land cost US$30 million to make.
In its third weekend in theatres, Moana by Disney again sold the most tickets of any film in North America. It earned about US$18.8 million for a new domestic total of US$145 million, according to comScore, which compiles ticketing data.
Office Christmas Party, with an ensemble cast led by Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, took in about US$17.5 million over the weekend, a heftier total than predicted. The R-rated comedy cost DreamWorks Pictures and a partner US$45 million to produce.
Also of note among Oscar hopefuls: Jackie (by Fox Searchlight), about Jacqueline Kennedy, continued to attract sizeable audiences as it pushed into 21 locations in eight cities, taking in about US$500,000 for a 10-day total of US$860,000.