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.
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