The box office got a much-needed shot in the arm this weekend, with a big assist going to a certain Sorcerer Supreme.
In first is Marvel’s Doctor Strange (read our review), which made a very strong $84.9 million in its first three days. As we reported earlier, that ranks as the tenth-highest debut in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a great feat for a property that was relatively obscure compared to its contemporaries. Sporting an all-star cast headlined by fan-favorite Benedict Cumberbatch and earning very positive reviews, the film had a lot going for it and was able to take advantage of virtually no competition. It was a big blockbuster with the marketplace to itself, which is a recipe for great success.
Doctor Strange has come storming out of the gates, grossing a whopping $325.3 million worldwide to date. It will easily turn a profit for Disney, continuing what was already a record-breaking year for the studio. The film should hold well as its run continues. There’s still a couple of weeks before Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens, so in the meantime, Marvel will be enjoying another stay on top.
Coming in second is Trolls (read our review), the latest film from DreamWorks Animation. The movie exceeded expectations by making $45.6 million in its first three days, the best debut for an animated film since The Secret Life of Pets back in July. Like Doctor Strange, Trolls arrived at just the right time, as families did not have a whole lot to choose from. In addition, it scored mostly positive reviews, which certainly increased its appeal with audiences. Very little can compete with the Marvel machine these days, but Trolls put up a good fight and came away with an impressive haul. Chances are it has nice legs commercially, since Disney’s Moana does not open until Thanksgiving in a few weeks.
The #3 film is Hacksaw Ridge (read our review), which brought in $14.7 million in its opening weekend. Mel Gibson’s acclaimed war drama was able to parlay its word-of-mouth and awards buzz into a respectable figure, serving as a good counter-programming option for older moviegoers. It will be interesting to see how Hacksaw Ridge performs in the coming weeks. Later this month, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (an Iraq War drama from Ang Lee) goes wide, and Robert Zemeckis has his own World War II thriller in Allied premiering soon. Fans of the genre will have a gluttony of options soon, but Hacksaw Ridge should continue to do well.
In fourth is Boo! A Madea Halloween. With its titular holiday now past, the film wasn’t in demand and it made $7.8 million as it dealt with a trio of well-received newcomers. The comedy increased its domestic total to $64.9 million.
Rounding out the top five is Inferno, which brought in $6.2 million in its second weekend. The film has now made just $26 million in the States, but its global total is a robust $185.3 million, meaning it has turned a minor profit for Sony.
Coming in sixth is The Accountant with $5.9 million. The Ben Affleck vehicle increased its Stateside total to $70.8 million.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back finishes in seventh, grossing $5.5 million in its third weekend. The action sequel has now made $49.2 million domestically.
The #8 movie is Ouija: Origin of Evil. Making $3.9 million over the weekend, the horror sequel increased its domestic total to $31.3 million.
In ninth is The Girl on the Train. The adaptation of the best-selling thriller brought in $2.7 million and has now grossed $70.7 million in the U.S.
Capping off the top ten is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Tim Burton’s latest made $2.1 million and raised its domestic total to $83.3 million.
[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 7 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]