Disney wasn’t the only one celebrating, though. Dream Works 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 com Score. “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 theaters. It made $7.8 million, bringing its total earnings to $65 million.
Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Marvel’s “Doctor Strange.”