Doctor Strange works magic on North American box office

Posted November 08, 2016

Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange has taken the Box office weekend with an estimated Benedict Cumberbatch $85 million in ticket sales according to Comscore.

For the first time in over a month, all of the weekend's new wide releases occupy consecutive spots at the top of the domestic box office, though Doctor Strange - which amasses a superb estimated $85 million - leads the pack far and away. The other new releases, "Trolls" and "Hacksaw Ridge", followed "Doctor Strange" in second and third place, respectively, with successful openings of their own.

Overall the box office is up around 16 percent from this weekend a year ago, which Dergarabedian says is attributable to the quality of the new films, audiences' desire for some escapism before the election on Tuesday and the diversity of content.

The Marvel superhero film started in first place with an estimated 85 million USA dollars from 3,882 theaters in America and Canada in this weekend, according to comScore. It grossed nearly equal to the previous November Marvel film, the 85.7 million dollars opening of 2013's "Thor: The Dark World". It has grossed 240.4 million dollars out of North America and 325.4 million dollars for global total, which including 44.4 million dollars in China.

Meanwhile, animated film Trolls, which features the voices of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick.

The latest comic book blockbuster, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the eponymous Sorcerer Supreme, has topped the US box office, taking $85 million Friday through Sunday.

"The unbroken streak of critical and commercial success that Marvel has achieved is remarkable", the studio company's domestic distribution chief, Dave Hollis, told Variety.

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Disney wasn't the only one celebrating, though.

Third place went to Hacksaw Ridge, also in its debut weekend, which raked in US$14.8 million.

"It's a real return to form for Mel Gibson, who has obviously had his ups and downs in his personal life, but it is a true meritocracy in this business", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker comScore.

"Hacksaw Ridge" is based on the true story of Desmond Doss, a USA soldier during World War II who refused to carry a gun on the front line for religious reasons and who became the first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Gibson hasn't directed a film since "Apocalypto" in 2006. However, should it perform as Ant-Man did, finishing with a 3.15 multiplier (the third best ever for an MCU film), odd would find itself grossing almost $270 million domestically.

Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween was finally dethroned and dropped to fourth place with $7.8 million and is just under $65 million domestically. The top three films all had different ratings too, "Doctor Strange" is PG-13, "Trolls" is PG and "Hacksaw Ridge" is rated R.

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