Movie­go­ers rush to ‘Doc­tor Strange,’ ‘Ar­rival’ post-elec­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

NEW YORK » Movie­go­ers 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 $43 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sun­day. That was an es­pe­cially strong hold for the Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch-led su­per­hero block­buster, which is now near­ing $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 $35.1 mil­lion, bring­ing its cu­mu­la­tive do­mes­tic to­tal to $94 mil­lion.

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

The week­end box of­fice was up about 47 per­cent from last year, ac­cord­ing to comS­core. The Fri­day hol­i­day of Vet­eran’s Day also helped stoke busi­ness. Paul Der­garabe­dian, se­nior me­dia an­a­lyst for comS­core, said the wide va­ri­ety of re­leases gave movie­go­ers plenty of choice for es­capism over the post­elec­tion week­end.

“In the first week­end after the elec­tion, I think it’s clear that peo­ple find be­ing able to go to the movie theater is the per­fect an­ti­dote to the elec­tion cov­er­age,” said Der­garabe­dian. “There’s al­most nowhere else that you can un­plug the way you can when you go to the movie theater.”

The good showing for “Ar­rival,” which cost $47 mil­lion to pro­duce, was a welcome re­lief for Para­mount. The stu­dio has en­dured a string of dis­ap­point­ments — in­clud­ing “BenHur” and “Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles:

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