The domestic box office crossed the $10 billion Friday, the fastest it has ever hit the milestone — all thanks in large part to the fantasy and animation genres. The 2016 record beats the previous one set in 2013, which reached the high mark on Dec. 7.
The National Association of Theatre Owners reported the landmark total upon the Thanksgiving weekend release of Disney’s latest animated film Moana, which earned an estimated $47 million domestically over its first three days of release this week. The Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, earned $74 million in its opening weekend, adding another $56 million this week.
Both films are both poised to be two of 2016’s top grossing films domestically, as the rise of superhero films, mainly led by Marvel Studios, and new animated fare continue to bring crowds to the theaters. Finding Dory, Disney and Pixar’s sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo, leads the year with a total gross of $486 million. The latest ensemble piece and third entry in Captain America’s story, Captain America: Civil War, takes the number two spot with a domestic gross of $408 million.
Within the top 10 for 2016, nine movies fall within the superhero and animated genre, including The Secret Life of Pets, Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Marvel’s latest mystical hero, Doctor Strange. Universal Pictures Jason Bourne reboot film is the only outlier, sitting at No. 10.
Two anticipated juggernauts still awaiting release this year: Disney’s Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Dec. 16) and Universal-Illumination Entertainment’s Sing (Dec. 21) are set to pull in high numbers on their opening weekends.