Doc­tor Strange wakes up sleepy box of­fice

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

A strong batch of new films drew au­di­ences to the the­atres in large num­bers this weekend, in­clud­ing Marvel’s Doc­tor Strange, the an­i­mated Trolls and Mel Gib­son’s Sec­ond World War drama Hack­saw Ridge, ef­fec­tively wak­ing up the sleepy fall box of­fice. The top three films all gar­nered largely pos­i­tive re­views from crit­ics and all recorded A Cine­maS­cores from open­ing weekend au­di­ences too.

As the su­per­hero in the bunch, Doc­tor Strange eas­ily dom­i­nated with $85 mil­lion (U.S.) in North Amer­i­can the­atres ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sunday. Star­ring Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch as the neu­ro­sur­geon turned sorcerer, Doc­tor Strange opened in­ter­na­tion­ally last weekend. It’s al­ready grossed $325.4 mil­lion glob­ally.

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.

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.

Holdovers pop­u­lated spots four and five. Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Hal­loween dropped 55 per cent in its third weekend in the­atres. It made $7.8 mil­lion, bring­ing its to­tal earn­ings to $65 mil­lion.

Es­ti­mated ticket sales for Fri­day through Sunday at U.S. and Cana­dian the­atres, ac­cord­ing to comS­core. Fi­nal do­mes­tic fig­ures will be re­leased Mon­day. 1. Doc­tor Strange, $85 mil­lion (U.S). 2. Trolls, $45.6 mil­lion. 3. Hack­saw Ridge, $14.8 mil­lion. 4. Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Hal­loween, $7.8 mil­lion. 5. In­ferno, $6.3 mil­lion. 6. The Ac­coun­tant, $6 mil­lion. 7. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, $5.6 mil­lion. 8. Ouija: Ori­gin of Evil, $4 mil­lion. 9. The Girl on the Train, $2.8 mil­lion. 10. Miss Pere­grine’s Home for Pe­cu­liar Chil­dren, $2.1 mil­lion.

DIS­NEY/MARVEL VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch’s Doc­tor Strange eas­ily dom­i­nated the weekend box of­fice with a $85-mil­lion (U.S) haul.

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