LOS ANGELES — A strong batch of new films drew audiences to the
As the superhero in the bunch, "Doctor Strange" easily dominated with $85 million in North America
It's the fourteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the fourteenth to open at No. 1. As one of the lesser-known properties, it far-surpassed "Ant-Man's" $57.2 million launch, but fell a little short of "Guardians of the Galaxy's" $94.3 million debut.
Much of the "Doctor Strange" business came from premium large format screens and 3D showings, which, according to RealD, made up 47
For one, Hollis said, it's just visually different.
"Yes, for a marketing tagline the idea that it's something that you haven't seen before is a great way to sell something, but having something that arrests and totally disrupts what people are expecting to see inside of a movie
The weekend also drove The Walt Disney Studios to surpass the $6 billion mark globally — a first for the studio and a second for the industry.
Disney wasn't the only one celebrating, though. DreamWorks Animation's "Trolls," a family-friendly musical featuring the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, took second place with $45.6 million in North America, and $30 million internationally. In addition to being one of the first new family films to hit the market in a few weeks, the film also had the added benefit of an original hit song from Timberlake, "Can't Stop the Feeling."
And in third place, "Hacksaw Ridge," Gibson's film about the true story of the conscientious objector Desmond Doss's (Andrew Garfield) heroics during the battle of Okinawa, earned $14.8 million. The independently financed film cost a reported $40 million to make.
"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," noted Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore. "If you make a really great movie, people will judge you based on that movie."
Gibson hasn't directed a film since "Apocalypto" in 2006.
Holdovers populated spots four and five. "Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween," dropped 55% in its third weekend in
Perry also managed to beat out "Inferno" again, which brought in only $6.3 million in weekend two to take fifth place. The Tom Hanks-starrer has grossed $26.1 million to date.
In limited release, the likely awards film "Loving," about the true story of the couple behind the Supreme Court decision that invalidated laws against interracial marriage, also opened in four
Overall the box office is up around 16
"This is the formula that Hollywood should try to recreate every weekend," Dergarabedian said.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian
1."Doctor Strange," $85 million ($118.7 million international).
2."Trolls," $45.6 million ($30 million international).
3."Hacksaw Ridge," $14.8 million ($1.7 million international).
4."Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween," $7.8 million.
5."Inferno," $6.3 million ($11.4 million international).
6."The Accountant," $6 million ($13.1 million international).
7."Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," $5.6 million ($4.3 million international).
8."Ouija: Origin of Evil," $4 million ($8.3 million international).
9."The Girl on the Train," $2.8 million ($8.2 million international).
10."Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," $2.1 million ($3.6 million international).
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international
1. "Doctor Strange," $118.7 million.
2. "Trolls," $30 million.
3. "The Accountant," $13.1 million.
4. "Inferno," $11.4 million.
5. "Ouija: Origin of Evil," $8.3 million.
6. "The Girl on the Train," $8.2 million.
7. "Hide and Seek," $5.8 million.
8. "Bridget Jones's Baby," $5.1 million.
9. "Mr. Donkey," $4.4 million.
10. "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," $4.3 million.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
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