Monday, November 14, 2016

Weekend Box-Office: DOCTOR STRANGE and TROLLS Continue to Dominate Despite ARRIVAL's Strong Opening


It sure was a busy weekend, but it still wasn't enough to bring down Marvel's latest behemoth, "Doctor Strange", which continued to dominate ahead of last week's "Trolls" and new wide releases "Arrival", "Almost Christmas" and "Shut In".

Find out more about the weekend box office after the jump.

It's not that much of a surprise, really, that "Doctor Strange" is still the #1 movie at the box-office. Marvel has always shown great resilience at the box-office even when introducing new characters to the franchise. The film has grossed $43 million this weekend and has reached a domestic total of $153 million in just 10 days, with another $339.6  million grossed overseas. This is Marvel's second fastest to reach $150 million domestically among the studio's single-character origin stories, behind only 2008's "Iron Man". And, its worldwide cume promises to be one of the studio's best, already surpassing the lifetime earnings of "Thor",  the first two "Iron Man" films, "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Ant-Man".

"Trolls" held its ground in second place with $35 million over the weekend for a $94 million domestic total. The film only dropped 24%, providing an improvement over other animated films like "Storks" and "The Angry Birds Movie".

In third place we have the first new wide release, the sci-fi drama "Arrival". The film opened with $24 million in the U.S. and another $4.6 million from 21 markets versus a $47 million budget. The film opened well for its genre and it looks to finish its theater run just shy of $90 million. However, the film only scored a "B" from moviegoers on CinemaScore, which might mean it won't hold that well. Still, with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 93% it's definitely one of the best films of 2016.

Another wide release, the holiday dramedy "Almost Christmas" opened in fourth place with an estimated $15.5 million. The film received an "A-" on CinemaScore, and with the holidays so close, it should continue to do well at the box-office. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a lackluster 43% rating.

The Top 5 is rounded up by Mel Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge" which dropped only 29.1% and grossed $10.7 million over the weekend. Its domestic total has now reached $32.2 million after 10 days in theaters.

The last of the new wide releases, the thriller "Shut In" starring Naomi Watts had a modest opening weekend, grossing $3.7 million from 2.058 theaters for a seventh place finish. Given that the film wasn't screened for critics and when they actually got to see it it ended up with a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I'm actually surprised it made it into the Top 10. Moviegoers gave it a "C" on CinemaScore, so don't expect to see it in the charts next week.

New Wide Releases: "Arrival", "Almost Christmas", "Shut In".

Biggest Drop : "Boo! A Madea Halloween" (-54.1%)

Smallest Drop : "The Accountant" (-22%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Doctor Strange $43M $153M $339.6M $165M
2 Trolls $35M $94M $128M $125M
3 Arrival $24M $24M $4.6M $47M
4 Almost Christmas $15.5M $15.5M N/A $17M
5 Hacksaw Ridge $10.7M $32.2M N/A $40M
6 The Accountant $4.5M $77.7M $50.9M $44M
7 Shut In $3.7M $3.7M N/A $10M
8 Boo! A Madea Halloween $3.5M $70.4M $1M $20M
9 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back $3.3M $54.5M $73M $60M
10 Inerno $3.2M $31.5M $171M $75M


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