Walt Disney Animation Studios Moana remained on top of the domestic box office for the third straight week, but it was a film that finished well outside the weekend s top 10 movies that s generating most of the buzz.
Disney s animated feature narrowly edged out raunchy comedy Office Christmas Party to win the weekend, adding another $18.8 million to its impressive run both domestically and abroad.
And yet, despite the respectable numbers from the weekend s top two films, it was the weekend s 15th-place finisher — director Damien Chazelle s La La Land — that nearly set a new Hollywood record.
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Chazelle s follow-up to 2014 s Academy Award darling Whiplash, the musical La La Land premiered in just five theaters but raked in more than $855,000 from that limited opening.
The film s nearly unprecedented high per-theater average of $171,000 was the second-highest tally of all time for any film, coming in just behind the $202,000 per theater that The Grand Budapest Hotel earned in its first, limited screenings in 2014.