‘Doc­tor Strange’ works magic on N Amer­i­can box of­fice

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Sur­geon-turned-sor­cerer “Doc­tor Strange” cast his spell on North Amer­i­can au­di­ences, de­but­ing at the top of the box of­fice in the lat­est tri­umph for Mar­vel Stu­dios, in­dus­try data showed Mon­day. The movie, which stars Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch as world-fa­mous neu­ro­sur­geon Stephen Strange-whose life changes for­ever af­ter a hor­rific car ac­ci­dent robs him of use of his hands-raked in $85.1 mil­lion, box of­fice tracker Ex­hibitor Re­la­tions said.

Rachel McAdams, Bene­dict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swin­ton star along­side Cum­ber­batch, as his char­ac­ter ex­plores his mys­ti­cal pow­ers. The 14th film in Dis­ney’s “Mar­vel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse,” “Strange” fol­lows re­cent stu­dio suc­cesses in­clud­ing “Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War,” which made more than $1 bil­lion worldwide, as well as other crowd pleasers such as the “Thor,”

“Iron Man” and “The Avengers” fran­chises. De­but­ing in sec­ond place was DreamWorks’ an­i­mated “Trolls,” based on the clas­sic plas­tic dolls known for their multi-col­ored hair.

Fea­tur­ing the voices of Justin Tim­ber­lake and Anna Ken­drick, the film made $46.6 mil­lion in its first week­end in the­aters. Third place went to Mel Gib­son’s di­rec­to­rial come­back “Hacksaw Ridge,” also in its de­but week­end, which raked in $15.2 mil­lion. The movie tells the true story of World War II army medic Des­mond Doss, a con­sci­en­tious ob­jec­tor who went on to re­ceive the Medal of Honor de­spite re­fus­ing to carry a weapon. “Boo! A Madea Hal­loween”-the lat­est in­stall­ment in Tyler Perry’s Madea comedy fran­chise, fell to fourth place with $7.7 mil­lion, down three spots from its former perch at the top of the box of­fice. And “Inferno,” the third in­stall­ment of Sony’s “Da Vinci Code” fran­chise, di­rected by Ron Howard, earned $6.2 mil­lion in the sec­ond week­end since its re­lease. Round­ing out the top 10 films were: “The Ac­coun­tant” ($5.9 mil­lion) “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” ($5.5 mil­lion) “Ouija: Ori­gin of Evil” ($3.9 mil­lion) “The Girl on the Train” ($2.7 mil­lion) “Miss Pere­grine’s Home for Pe­cu­liar Chil­dren” ($2.1 mil­lion)—AFP

This im­age re­leased by Dis­ney shows Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch in a scene from Mar­vel’s ‘Doc­tor Strange.’ — AP

In this pho­to­graph ‘The Road to Man­dalay’ by di­rec­tor Midi Z is screened dur­ing the Mem­ory In­ter­na­tional Film Her­itage Fes­ti­val at Wizaya cin­ema in Yan­gon.

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