It shouldn’t be surprising to Marvel fans or movie-goers that Doctor Strange topped the box office this weekend. The newest Marvel film brought in $85 million dollars in its opening weekend haul.
The film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, and Rachel McAdams, exceeded studio bosses’ predictions. “I think it all is a testament of Marvel Studios’ unbroken streak of critical and commercial success, proving that Marvel remains the best of the best in the superhero genre and beyond,” Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution executive, says of the film’s huge success.
How did Doctor Strange perform worldwide? The film has grossed $325.4 million to date globally (product budget of $165 million).
Meanwhile, the animated flick Trolls debuted in second. The film features an all-star lineup of voices including Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick. Zooey Deschanel, Gwen Stefani and Russell Brand. It brought in $45.6 million this weekend, falling just under the experts’ predictions of $47 million ($125 million production budget). Overseas, the film brought in another $104 million.
“Ultimately, it’s a feel-good movie,” said Chris Aronson, 20th Century Fox’s distribution head, before referencing Justin’s hit theme song. “This is one of those, ‘Yeah, you can’t stop the feeling’ type of movies, and that feeling is feel good.”
Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, which stars Andrew Garfield as real-life conscientious war objector and Army medic Desmond T. Doss, debuted in third with $14.7 million, and rounding out the top five was Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, which fell to fourth with $7.8 million, and Ron Howard’s Inferno at fifth with $6.3 million.
Coming out this Friday, November 11, 2016: Arrival, Shut In, and Almost Christmas.