This past weekend was an almost identical repeat to the previous, leaving us wondering what could have possessed the makers of Incarnate to release their film anywhere besides the cold void of January. Let’s say our prayers and enter the subconscious of the box office in this week’s Making Dollars and Sense.

Our one and only newcomer, Incarnate, was cast out of the top of the charts this weekend behind Moana, Fantastic Beasts, and six other films, in spot number nine with a meager $2.6 million. It’s almost as if people don’t want to watch a bland possession horror film a couple weeks before Christmas. Weird.

Incarnate tells the story of an unconventional exorcist who can enter the subconscious minds of the possessed to try to save them from whatever is tormenting them. And if you think that sounds like Insidious, you know the basic plot of Insidious. Honestly, if it weren’t for Aaron Eckhart and Carice van Houten in the billing, this seems like the kind of half-baked rip-off you’d find in a five-dollar-bin horror four-pack the week before Halloween. And since audiences didn’t give it any time this weekend, neither will we.

Moana still sits atop the number one spot with $28.3 million, a full $10 million over Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in the number two spot. In fact, the top five are exactly the same as last weekend, except Arrival switched places with Doctor Strange from number five to number three and vice versa. This can likely be attributed to Arrival’s incredible rewatch value against Doctor Strange’s natural slow descent that comes with any blockbuster. Arrival is easily one of the best films of the year and will likely be a dark horse in the upcoming Oscars, so if you haven’t seen it yet, take care of that as soon as possible! It’s a good one to see alone and think about afterward on the drive home.

Looking ahead to next weekend, the box office gets festive and raunchy with the release of Office Christmas Party. This is one of those ridiculous R-rated comedies that show up every year, that pack in a ton of well-known actors, make them drink a lot, probably do drugs, scream profanities, and destroy the set in order to convince audiences that they had a wild night at the movies, when really there’s no plot or substance, just a lot of sleigh-bells and sexual innuendos. And frankly, there’s nothing wrong with that. Last year’s The Night Before was a great example of this, and I certainly don’t regret seeing it. Sometimes you want a raunchy comedy to go with your wholesome holiday, and that’s what Office Christmas Party is promising!

We also see a wider release of Miss Sloane starring Jessica Chastain. It’s a political thriller with mixed-to-positive reviews that will give a little something new to the folks who don’t want to see anything too flashy this weekend.

Well, that’s all for this week! Between those newcomers, Moana, Fantastic Beasts, Arrival, Doctor Strange, Trolls, and wider releases of Moonlight, Loving, and Manchester By The Sea, there’s still plenty of great stuff to see at the movies, so get cozy and hit the cinema!

-Adam Stutsman

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