Weekend Box Office: ‘Arrival’ Opens Strong but ‘Dr. Strange’ Remains On Top

Denis Villeneuve‘s Alien Epic

Paramount Pictures’ new cerebral sci-fi thriller Arrival capitalized on pretty good marketing push, while Marvel and Disney’s Doctor Strange won its second weekend in a row.

The comic book adaptation, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, brought in $43 million to bring its domestic total to $153 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls once again came in second, earning an estimated $35 million, a 24 percent drop from its debut, which is one of the lowest declines for an animated film.

Denis Villeneuve‘s alien epic Arrival, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, arrived on the list with a better-than-expected opening of $24 million, and currently has a 93 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Universal’s Almost Christmas also did better than projections with $15.6 million. The new holiday film, starring Danny Glover, debuted in fourth.

Fifth place went to Liongate’s Hacksaw Ridge with $10.7 million in ticket sales. Director Mel Gibson’s war drama declined 29 percent for a 10-day domestic total of $32.2 million.

Yet another new release, EuropaCorp’s Shut In finished at No. 7. The thriller, starring Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt and Jacob Tremblay, kicked off to a paltry $3.7 million. It appears the feel-good holiday film was more attractive to audiences than a dark thriller on the weekend after a tough presidential election and Donald Trump’s surprise victory.

The Top Ten:

1. Doctor Strange — $43 million ($153 mil.)
2. Trolls — $35 million ($94 mil.)
3. Arrival — $24 million
4. Almost Christmas — $15.5 million
5. Hacksaw Ridge — $10.7 million ($32.2 mil.)
6. The Accountant — $4.5 million ($77.7 mil.)
7. Shut In — $3.7 million
8. Boo! A Madea Halloween — $3.5 million ($70.4 mil.)
9. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back — $3.3 million ($54.5 mil.)
10. Inferno — $3.2 million ($31.5 mil.)

Artist Matt Ferguson

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