Cin­e­mas get post-elec­tion boost

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK (AP): OVIEGOERS, DRAINED by the drama of the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, sought refuge at the movies over the week­end, where ticket sales were ro­bust for just about ev­ery­thing.

Marvel’s Doc­tor Strange led the North Amer­i­can box of­fice for the sec­ond week with US$43 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates on Sun­day. That was an espe­cially strong hold for the Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch-led su­per­hero block­buster, which is now near­ing US$500 mil­lion glob­ally. Trolls, the mu­si­cal an­i­mated re­lease from 20th Cen­tury Fox with Anna Ken­drick and Justin Tim­ber­lake, also held well in its sec­ond week with US$35.1 mil­lion, bring­ing its cu­mu­la­tive do­mes­tic to­tal to US$94 mil­lion.

De­nis Vil­leneuve’s sci­encefic­tion thriller Ar­rival, starring Amy Adams, scored the week­end’s top de­but with a bet­terthan-ex­pected US$24 mil­lion for Paramount Pic­tures. Open­ing in fourth was Univer­sal Pic­tures’ Al­most Christ­mas, the first hol­i­daythemed re­lease to hit cin­e­mas. The fam­ily-gath­er­ing com­edy, starring Danny Glover and Gabrielle Union, de­buted with US$15.6 mil­lion.

The week­end box of­fice was up about 47 per cent from last year, ac­cord­ing to comS­core. The Fri­day hol­i­day of Vet­eran’s Day also helped stoke busi­ness.

The good show­ing for Ar­rival, which cost US$47 mil­lion 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

MPoppy (left) and Branch em­bark on an ad­ven­ture be­yond the only world they’ve known in ‘Trolls’. Robert Lang­don (Tom Hanks) must stop a deadly global plot in ‘In­ferno’.

Shad­ows – with a rel­a­tively thin slate of re­leases.

Ang Lee’s Iraq War hero drama Billy Lynn’s Long Half­time Walk also made its much awaited de­buted, al­beit on just two screens. The Sony Pic­tures re­lease, which opens na­tion­wide next week, grossed US$120,300 from two cin­e­mas

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

Play­ing in more tra­di­tional

for­mats, it got off to a good start in China, where Billy Lynn opened with US$11.7 mil­lion.

Fol­low­ing are the es­ti­mated ticket sales for Fri­day through Sun­day at US and Cana­dian cin­e­mas, ac­cord­ing to comS­core.

1. Doc­tor Strange, US$43m (US$60.2m in­ter­na­tional)

2. Trolls, US$35.1m (US$18.3m in­ter­na­tional)

3. Ar­rival, US$24m (US$10m in­ter­na­tional) 4. Al­most Christ­mas, US$15.6m 5. Hack­saw Ridge, US$10.8m (US$3.7m in­ter­na­tional)

6. The Ac­coun­tant, US$4.6m (US$7.6m in­ter­na­tional) 7. Shut In, US$3.7m 8. Boo! A Madea Hal­loween, US$3.6m

9. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, US$3.3m (US$8.6m in­ter­na­tional)

10. In­ferno, US$3.3m (US$8.6m in­ter­na­tional) Tom Cruise in ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’.

AP

Tyler Perry (left) por­trays Madea in ‘Boo! A Madea Hal­loween’.

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