Weekend Box Office: ‘Doctor Strange’ Dominates with Huge $85 Million Debut

November 04-06 Estimates

It seems that comic nerds are very happy this week: Doctor Strange, the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe debuted in North America with an excellent $84.9 million. The reality-warping PG-13 fantasy-adventure beat the first installments in the Thor ($65.7 million), Captain America ($65 million) and Ant-Man franchises ($57.2 million), though it did not top the opening weekends of Iron Man ($98.6 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy ($94.3 million).

The Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Sorcerer Supreme also opened overseas, bringing the film’s international total to $240.4 million and has a worldwide total of $325.4 million after 13 days. Audiences give the Scott Derrickson-directed film an A CinemaScore, which is the MCU’s third A in a row following Civil War and Ant-Man. Doctor Strange cost a reported $165 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s musical comedy Trolls, featuring the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, powered its way to a great $45.6 million opening weekend for #2, while Mel Gibson’s critically acclaimed World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge took third with $14.7 million. The animated film based on the spikey-haired Danish dolls received an A CinemaScore as well as the Andrew Garfield-fronted war film.

Rounding out the top five, Boo! A Madea Halloween took $7.8 million for a gross of $65 million after 17 days, and Inferno drew $6.3 million for a gross of $26.1 million in its second weekend.

Here’s box office Top 10 (three-day numbers):

1. Doctor Strange — $84.9 million
2. Trolls — $45.6 million
3. Hacksaw Ridge — $14.7 million
4. Boo! A Madea Halloween — $7.8 million ($64.9 mil.)
5. Inferno — $6.2 million ($26 mil.)
6. The Accountant — $5.9 million ($70.8 mil.)
7. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back — $5.5 million ($49.2 mil.)
8. Ouija: Origin of Evil — $3.9 million ($31.3 mil.)
9. The Girl on the Train — $2.7 million ($70.7 mil.)
10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children — $2.1 million ($83.3 mil.)

Elsewhere at the specialty box office, Moonlight expanded in 83 theaters, adding $1.3 million in week three — an impressive per-theater average of $16,053. But Jeff Nichols‘ interracial marriage drama Loving earned $169,000 from four theaters to top the specialty box office.

Next weekend has Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction drama The Arrival, the ensemble comedy Almost Christmas, and the Naomi Watts thriller Shut In, while Ang Lee‘s war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and Paul Verhoeven‘s thriller Elle will debut in limited release.

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