Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

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.”

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