Disney's new animated feature, Moana, soaring to the top of the box office Thanksgiving weekend. Raking in $81 million over the five day holiday period. That take second only to Disney's 2013 hit Frozen, which made over 93 million in its first five days. Moana generated its fair share of controversy along the way, for Disney's portrayal of an obese demigod that some say generated a negative stereotype of Polynesian people.
On the other hand, the studio getting props for portraying a strong, ethnic female protagonist in Moana. The film also features a score by Lin Manuel Miranda, the brains behind Broadway's smash Hamilton. And crushed what might have been formidable competition in Allied, Brad Pitt's first film since his divorce from Angelina Jolie was announced.
Disney has been on a hot streak releasing five of the year's ten highest grossing films. Part of that winning strategy involved shelling out billions of dollars to buy Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, the brands behind Toy Story, The Avengers and Star Wars.