Doctor Strange holds firm at US box office

Doctor Strange holds firm at US box office

Postby ntscuser » Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:07 pm

Sci-fi hit Arrival can’t catch Marvel’s latest, which hits $500m worldwide

Marvel’s Doctor Strange led the North American box office for the second week with $43m, according to studio estimates. That was an especially strong hold for the Benedict Cumberbatch-led superhero blockbuster, which is now nearing $500m globally.

Trolls, a musical animated release from 20th Century Fox with Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, also held well in its second week with $35.1m, bringing its cumulative domestic total to $94m.

Denis Villeneuve’s science-fiction thriller Arrival, starring Amy Adams, scored the weekend’s top debut with a better-than-expected $24m for Paramount Pictures. Opening in fourth was Universal Pictures’ Almost Christmas, the first holiday-themed release to hit theaters. The family-gathering comedy, starring Danny Glover and Gabrielle Union, debuted with $15.6m.

The weekend box office was up about 47% from last year, according to comScore. The Friday holiday, Veteran’s Day, also helped stoke business. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, said the wide variety of releases gave moviegoers plenty of choice for escapism over the post-election weekend.

The good showing for Arrival, which cost $47m to produce, was a welcome relief for Paramount. The studio has endured a string of disappointments, including Ben-Hur and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, with a relatively thin slate of releases.

Paramount paid $20m for the film’s domestic distribution rights. The film, in which a linguist is tasked by the government to communicate with newly arrived aliens, has drawn good reviews.

Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk also made its much awaited debut, albeit on just two screens. The Sony Pictures release, which opens nationwide next week, grossed $120,300 from two theaters (one in New York, one in Los Angeles).

The two locations are the only places in North America the film is screening in Lee’s innovative 120 frames-per-second version (five times the normal rate), in addition to being in 3D and at 4k resolution.

Check out the Nov. 11-13 weekend box office estimates below:

1. Doctor Strange - $43 million
2. Trolls - $35 million
3. Arrival - $24 million
4. Almost Christmas - $15.6 million
5. Hacksaw Ridge - $10.8 million
6. The Accountant - $4.6 million
7. Shut In - $3.7 million
8. Boo! A Madea Halloween - $3.6 million
9. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - $3.3 million
10. Inferno - $3.3 million
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