Moana Is Selling Out Hawaiian Movie Theatres Like Crazy
Disney’s latest animated epic, Moana, is in the midst of a huge opening weekend: It brought in $21 million to top the Black Friday box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and it’s having a legendary opening in one state in particular, where you can’t get near the movie.
Moana follows a Polynesian heroine (not princess) of the same name as she sails the ocean for the sake of her people and seeks out the help of demigod Maui (who gets his voice and eyebrow inspiration from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). In Hawaii, the home state of Auli’i Cravalho, the actress who gives us Moana’s voice, the movie is really, really, really sold out, to the point where people are joking about heading to the mainland to watch it.
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Moana is projected to make around $80 million for its holiday weekend gross, which comes close to Disney’s last American Thanksgiving weekend triumph, Frozen: That made $93.6 million when it opened back in 2013, and we all know how that turned out thanks to the fact that “Let It Go” will be playing on an infinite loop for the rest of our lives. Moana even outperformed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which had a huge opening last weekend and is set to earn $65 million by the time Monday rolls around.
Congrats to Disney on another modern classic, and here’s hoping Hawaiians get to see this Polynesian badass do her thing on the big screen ASAP.