The box office continued its November resurgence this week, thanks to the newcomers and holdovers alike.
Coming in the top spot again is Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which brought in $43 million in its second weekend. That’s only a 49.4 percent decrease from its debut, a very strong hold for a blockbuster movie. Even this summer’s Captain America: Civil War dropped 59.5 percent in its second weekend back in May. This is an illustration of the strength of the MCU’s brand and how positively audiences responded to the film’s unique big screen experience. It helps when the word-of-mouth is there, and Doctor Strange should continue to perform well despite the imminent arrival of Fantastic Beasts. So far, it has grossed $153 million domestically and $492.6 worldwide.
In second once more is Trolls. The family film made $35 million in its second weekend, a very soft 24.8 percent drop from its opening figures. Thanks to having a monopoly on its target demographic and the good reviews, the film has done very well. To date, Trolls has grossed $94 million in the States.
Opening at #3 is Arrival (read our review), the new sci-fi drama from director Denis Villeneuve. The film was the subject of much Oscar buzz heading into the weekend, with critics calling it one of the best films of the year. Due to the near-universal praise, viewers were certainly curious to check it out. Arrival brought in $24 million in its first three days, which exceeded the earlier projections. In the coming weeks, it will have to deal with some high-profile projects, but Arrival should be able to have a fruitful run when it’s all said and done. Its A-list cast and sense of intrigue will draw in sizable crowds.
Coming in fourth is Almost Christmas. The new ensemble holiday comedy made $15.5 million in its opening weekend, which is a very respectable turnout. Its gross was in the neighborhood of similar titles like A Madea Christmas, so Universal has to be happy with these results. As a bonus, the film cost just $17 million to produce, so it should be able to turn a nice profit before it leaves theaters. With Thanksgiving still a couple weeks out, the holiday season is just getting started, and Almost Christmas will have an appeal.
Rounding out the top five is Hacksaw Ridge. Mel Gibson’s World War II drama made $10.7 million in its second weekend, raising its domestic total to $32.2 million.
The #6 film is The Accountant, which grossed $4.5 million. The Ben Affleck-led crime drama is now up to $77.7 million in the U.S.
In seventh is the new film Shut In with $3.7 million. The thriller was very much under the radar thanks to its limited marketing campaign, but it’s apparent that enough people knew of it. Shut In was budgeted at only $10 million, but it has an uphill climb if it is to get into the black.
In eighth is Boo! A Madea Halloween. The comedy made $3.5 million in its fourth weekend to raise its domestic total to $70.4 million.
Coming in ninth is Jack Reacher: Never Go Back with $3.3 million. The action sequel now stands at $54.5 million Stateside.
Capping off the top ten is Inferno. Ron Howard’s latest grossed $3.2 million over the weekend and has now made $31.5 million for its domestic run.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, November 14 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]