Moana tops box office for third straight week

Disney's animated film Moana holds on to the the top spot at the box office, with Paramount's holiday film Office Christmas Party debuting in second place.

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The animated Disney film, Moana, remains the "hero" of the North American box office.

The movie about a teenage girl trying to save her people collected nearly US$19 million (S$27.2 million) this weekend to hold on to the no. 1 spot for the third week in a row.

Movie-goers apparently were ready.

Paramount's Office Christmas Party took in US$17.5 million in its opening weekend.

Jennifer Anniston and Jason Bateman lead an ensemble cast to second place at the box office.

Even though some audiences went elsewhere, the Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, still came in third at the box office.

The Warner Brothers' film snagged nearly US$11 million in weekend sales.

Rounding out the top five is Arrival at no. 4, with US$5.1 million, and fantasy science fiction film Doctor Strange at no. 5, which took in US$4.6 million.