La La Land Nearly Sets Record—in 5 Theaters
But 'Moana' wins again in quiet weekend before 'Rogue One' drops
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 11, 2016 11:41 AM CST
Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone in a scene from "La La Land."   (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP)
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(Newser) – Disney's Moana has continued to sit pretty atop the box office for its third consecutive weekend, reports the AP, but Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land was what really had audiences singing this weekend. Playing in only five theaters, the lively and well-reviewed La La Land grossed a staggering $855,000 for Lionsgate, according to studio estimates Sunday. Its $171,000 per theater average is an all-time high for a five-theater release and for 2016 in general. Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, La La Land expands to 200 locations next week. It was business as usual among wide releases, with Moana in first with $18.8 million, followed by the Jennifer Aniston comedy Office Christmas Party, which debuted to $17.5 million—a quiet moment before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens next weekend.

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