'Doctor Strange' Rules Weekend Box Office With $85M Opening

Marvel's superhero flick starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme collects $85.1 million in its first week, surpassing projections of a $70 million opening.

AceShowbiz - "Doctor Strange" debuts in the top spot at North American box office. Earning 90|percent| positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, Marvel's superhero flick starring %cBenedict Cumberbatch% as the Sorcerer Supreme collects $85.1 million in its first week, surpassing projections of a $70 million opening.

The debut is on par with 2013's "Thor: The Dark World", which earned $85.7 million in its first week. "Doctor Strange" also becomes the 13th-best November opening of all time and the 14th-consecutive No. 1 debut, out of 14 movies, in the MCU. In just 13 days, the movie has grossed $325.4 million worldwide.

"It just proves once again that Marvel really does have that magic," says senior media analyst at comScore Paul Dergarabedian, adding that "compared to the bigger-ticket superheroes" like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, "Doctor Strange is a more esoteric character."

Landing in the runner-up spot is DreamWorks and Fox's "Trolls". The animated musical featuring the voices of %cAnna Kendrick% and %cJustin Timberlake%, who also co-wrote the songs for the movie with producers Max Martin and Shellback, collects $46.6 million in its debut weekend.

"They picked a perfect release date," Dergarabedian says. "This is a fall that hasn't provided a lot of options for families. It's been some pretty deep, dark stuff going on (at the multiplex), and 'Trolls' is perfect escapist entertainment."

%cMel Gibson%'s directorial comeback "Hacksaw Ridge", which received an A grade on CinemaScore, debuts in the third place. The WWII drama starring %cAndrew Garfield% as Desmond Doss, an army medic who became the first conscientious objector in history to receive the Medal of Honor, bags $15.2 million.

Rounding out the top five are two-week champion "Boo! A Madea Halloween" and last week's runner-up, "Inferno". %cTyler Perry%'s comedy horror flick and the %cTom Hanks%-led movie fall three slots to the fourth and fifth places with $7.7 million and $6.2 million respectively.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for November 4-6:

  1. "Doctor Strange" - $85.1 million
  2. "Trolls" - $46.6 million
  3. "Hacksaw Ridge" - $15.2 million
  4. "Boo! A Madea Halloween" - $7.7 million
  5. "Inferno" - $6.2 million
  6. "The Accountant" - $5.9 million
  7. "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" - $5.5 million
  8. "Ouija: Origin of Evil" - $3.9 million
  9. "The Girl on the Train (2016)" - $2.7 million
  10. "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" - $2.1 million

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