“Doctor Strange” Stays Strong, “Arrival” Finds An Audience

Marvel’s latest offering held strong at the box office this weekend, while a new release managed to exceed expectations. Here’s what went down:


Marvel’s Doctor Strange had an outstanding second weekend, bringing in an estimated $43 million, down just 49% from its opening weekend gross. The film has now brought in $153 million in North America and will have no trouble crossing $200 million.

Debuting in third place with $24 million was the weekend’s cerebral science fiction offering, Arrival. This certainly exceeded all expectations, but its strong reviews and the star power of Amy Adams certainly helped the film find an audience. There’s talk of an Oscar nomination for Adams for her performance and, having seen the film, I’d say the talk is more than warranted. Arrival could have some decent legs over the coming weeks as word of mouth spreads.

As for the rest of the top five, Trolls was in second place with $35 million, down just 24% week to week (and for families, Trolls IS highly recommended – it’s a lot of fun.) Almost Christmas debut in fourth place with $15.56 million, while Hacksaw Ridge closed things out in fifth place with $10.8 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

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

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Doctor Strange – $43 million
2) Trolls – $35 million
3) Arrival – $24 million
4) Almost Christmas – $15.56million
5) Hacksaw Ridge – $10.8 million

Next weekend sees the debut of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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