Box Office Results: “Doctor Strange” conjures up an $85M debut weekend
This weekend’s Box-Office Results show the overwhelming appeal of “Doctor Strange,” the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The new Marvel action-adventurer easily topped the box-office this week, but the comic-adaptation will have three new challengers to battle next weekend. “Doctor Strange” wasn’t the only high-profile film to hit theaters nationwide this weekwnd, “Trolls” from FOX and Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” also made their debut over the last few days.
Taking the top-spot on the domestic charts was”Doctor Strange,” the film had an outstanding $84.99M debut across 3,882 locations. “Marvel’s Doctor Strange” was directed by Scott Derrickson, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams.
While it didn’t quite make number-one, FOX’s animated hit “Trolls” did have an impressive debut this weekend. The animated-comedy scored a silver-medal with a $45.6M debut across 4,060 locations. “Trolls” was directed by Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell, working off a screenplay written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. The film features the voice-talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake and Zooey Deschanel.
Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” from Lionsgate, debuted at number-three this weekend with a modest $14.75M. The highly-praised drama opened across 2,886 locations nationwide. “Hacksaw Ridge” was directed by Mel Gibson, working from a screenplay that was written by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington and Luke Bracey.
The number-four spot went to another Lionsgate hit, “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which has been a surprise hit for the studio over the last few weeks. The comedy-thriller pulled-in another $7.8M for the Lionsgate, while remaining in 2,234 locations nationwide. The film has now grossed $64.99M for the studio, an impressive sum considering the film has only been in theaters for three-weeks now. “Boo! A Madea Halloween” was written and directed by Tyler Perry, the film stars Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely.
Wrapping up the top-five this weekend is Sony’s flop “Inferno,” which only managed to score another $6.25M this weekend despite remaining at 3,576 locations. The film, which is the follow-up to the popular Dan Brown novel adaptation, has only made $26.06M in two-weeks. “Inferno” was directed by Ron Howard, working off a screenplay written by David Koepp. The film is based on the best-selling novel by Dan Brown. Joining Tom Hanks in the film are Felicity Jones and Irrfan Khan.
With “Doctor Strange” expected to dominate the box-office for another few weeks, the new releases next week have their work cutout for them. Opening next week are “Almost Christmas,” “Arrival,” “Shut In” and the limited opening of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”.