“Moana” might have lost both its Oscar bids but it was the big winner in its first week of release landing in the top spot on both home video sales charts for combined sales and Blu-Ray only. Indeed, it bumped another Disney property, “Doctor Strange,” down to second place. That Marvel superhero flick starring Emmy winner Benedict Cumberbatch had debuted at No. 1 last week.
“Moana” follows the adventures of a Polynesian teenage girl who has always been drawn to the ocean, despite her dad decreeing that no one on their island is to go beyond the protective reef. However, when danger threatens, she ventures forth in search of Maui, a mischievous demigod, to seek his help.
“Moana” opened the Wednesday of the extended Thanksgiving weekend and scored a jaw-dropping 99% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes. It took in $250 million domestic and added another $350 million worldwide. Part of its appeal was the score by Lin-Manuel Miranda who reaped his first Oscar bid for the tune “How Far I’ll Go.” He lost to “City of Stars” from “La La Land” while the film lost the Animated Feature race to “Zootopia.”
Having Justin Timberlake open the Oscars with his nominated song “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” helped “Trolls” stay near the top of the charts. It remains in third for a second week after spending two weeks at No. 1 and then a week in second.
“Hacksaw Ridge,” which pulled off upsets in both Film Editing and Sound Mixing at the Oscars, dropped from second to fourth on both the combined DVD/Blu-Ray sales chart as well as that devoted solely to the latter format. Mel Gibson reaped an Oscar bid for helming this real-life story of WWII medic Desmond Doss (Best Actor nominee Andrew Garfield) who was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
Over on the rental chart, “Trolls” debuted at No. 1 while “Doctor Strange” entered in second place. “Hacksaw Ridge” dropped to third after two weeks atop the chart, while Best Sound Editing winner “Arrival” was in fifth. Fourth place went to the ensemble comedy “Masterminds.”