Doctor Strange adds $103.2 million globally this weekend
Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios‘ Doctor Strange added $43 million domestically in first place this weekend and another $60.2 million internationally for a global weekend of $103.2 million. That means the film has now earned $153 million in North America after 10 days and $339.6 million overseas. Doctor Strange has earned $492.6 million worldwide, which means the film has already passed the lifetime totals of The Incredible Hulk ($263M), Captain America: The First Avenger ($371M) and Thor ($449M) and is fast approaching Ant-Man ($520M). Internationally, Doctor Strange has passed up The Incredible Hulk ($129M), Captain America: The First Avenger ($194M), Iron Man ($266M), Thor ($268M), Iron Man 2 ($310M) and Ant-Man ($339M).
Doctor Strange conjured up a stellar $12 million of global IMAX box office in its 2nd worldwide weekend. The global IMAX total for Doctor Strange now stands at $54 million. Domestically, the movie earned another $5.4M of IMAX box office, with IMAX screens securing 15 out of the top 20 locations in North America. International markets generated another $6.6 million of box office, including $3.5 million from China.
Here are the key international markets so far:
Made for $165 million, Doctor Strange was directed by Scott Derrickson and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton.
DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox’s Trolls remained in second place at the domestic box office with $35 million its second weekend, a drop of just 24.8% in ticket sales. The film has earned a total of $94 million in North America. Internationally, Trolls added $18.3 from 68 markets to bring its overseas total to $128.3 million and its worldwide sum to $222.3 million. The animated comedy features the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Cleese and Gwen Stefani. Trolls cost $125 million to make.
Opening in third place, Paramount’s Arrival earned $24 million from 2,317 theaters, an average of $10,358 per theater. The film, which received a B CinemaScore audiences, was made for $47 million. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Arrival stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.
Universal Pictures holiday comedy Almost Christmas debuted in the fourth spot with $15.6 million from 2,376 theaters, an average of $6,551. Produced for just $17 million, Almost Christmas was written and directed by David E. Talbert and stars Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Romany Malco, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Jessie Usher and DC Young Fly. It received an A- CinemaScore.
Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge (Lionsgate) rounded out the top five with $10.8 million, a drop of just 29.1% from last week. The $40 million action drama has now earned $32.3 million after two weeks. Hacksaw Ridge stars Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn.
Also opening was the suspense thriller Shut In (EuroCorp), which grossed just $3.7 million from 2,058 theaters in seventh place. Starring Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, Charlie Heaton, David Cubitt, and Jacob Tremblay, Shut In received a C CinemaScore.
In a special engagement on two screens in the United States, TriStar Pictures and Studio 8’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is projected to take in an estimated $120,300 this weekend for a $60,150 per screen average. The film is playing in a special immersive format in two theaters, the world famous Cinerama Dome at the Arclight in Hollywood and AMC Loews Lincoln Square in NY where the film held its world premiere at the New York Film Festival. Each theater has only one screen dedicated to the film and both screens have been specially outfitted to project the film in 4K, 3D, and at 120 frames per second. Directed by Ang Lee, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk stars Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. The film will expand into a limited release next weekend on 800+ theaters nationwide.
Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (Sony Pictures Classics) also debuted in two theaters where it earned $56,012, or $28,006 per screen. Elle stars Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Virgine Aefira, Judith Magre, Christian Berkel, Jonas Bloquet, Alice Isaaz, and Vimila Pons.