Will a new Arrival take the top spot from Doctor Strange at the box office?

A new, non-franchise science fiction film arrives in theaters this weekend. Will it find an audience? Here’s our prediction:


Arrival stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, and has been buzzed about for months now. The film is about the arrival of aliens on Earth, but appears to be taking a more cerebral approach rather than an ID4 ‘let’s blow ’em to hell’ one. How that plays out with audiences is the question, though considering the complete lack of interest in the Independence Day sequel, this may be the sci-fi film people are looking for. However, Arrival will have to contend with the Doctor Strange, so don’t expect to see it in the top spot. Arrival should debut in third place with $19 million.

As for the rest of the top five, Doctor Strange should continue in the top spot with $38 million. Trolls will grab second place with $23 million, while another new release, Another Christmas, will debut in fourth place with $14 million. Hacksaw Ridge should close things out in fifth place with $9.5 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Doctor Strange – $38 million
2) Trolls – $23 million
3) Arrival – $19 million
4) Another Christmas – $14 million
5) Hacksaw Ridge – $9.5 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!

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