‘Doctor Strange’ Keeps Control Of Box Office … For Now

By November 13, 2016
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Doctor Strange has taken control of the North American box office for the second straight week, earning a little more than $43 million and bringing its 10-day total to $153 million. Adding another $240.4 million in international ticket sales, the global box office for the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring film is now at $393.4 million.

That moves it past Independence Day: Resurgence on the worldwide charts, and is now at No. 15 for the year in just two weeks, according to The Numbers. It’s about $150 million off the box office of its first fellow Marvel film – X-Men: Apocalypse – which currently sits at No. 10 with $542.7 million worldwide.

On the domestic side, Doctor Strange is doing a lot stronger. It’s currently No. 12 in North America, just $2.4 million off Apocalypse, meaning it could overtake the X-Men film sometime this coming week. It also could push Star Trek: Beyond out of No. 10 by Friday, which earned $158.8 million.

Doctor Strange lost half its opening weekend, as expected. However, it’s had far more staying power in its second week than the top movie of 2016 so far, Captain America: Civil War, which lost 59 percent of its opening weekend. Of course, it had a much bigger start – $179.1 million compared to $85 million for Doctor Strange – which is still more than what Cumberbatch’s film has earned domestically in total after two weeks.

Doctor Strange may be on a strong path to break the top 10 domestically, it likely won’t get much further than that. The film’s current trend has it making just under $200 million in North America, which will put it ahead of Jason Bourne at No. 9, but that’s about it.

Why? Suicide Squad is No. 8, and $325.1 million domestic take looks like an impossible hill for even Strange’s ability to twist reality.

arrival-inset111316The newest entry to the box office this weekend was the well-received Arrival starring Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams and Forest Whitaker. Although critics loved it – earning a 93 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes – it just couldn’t crack Trolls, the family animated film that held on to No. 2 with $35.1 million. In fact, Trolls lost only 25 percent of its opening week, a rare low drop that has now brought its 10-day total to $94 million.

Arrival opened with $24 million, earning a respectable $10,358 per theater compared to $11,085 from Doctor Strange.

The David E. Talbert comedy Almost Christmas stumbled into fourth place for Universal with $15.6 million. That pushed Hacksaw Ridge from director Mel Gibson to fifth with $10.8 million – just a 30 percent drop from its opening weekend.

spectre-inset111316Although there wasn’t any big new releases for the weekend, Hollywood has to be happy with how things turned out. The top five movies earned $128.4 million – well above a year ago when the top five films, led by the return of James Bond’s Spectre at No. 1, earned just $78.5 million.

Another animated family movie also held on to second place a year ago, too, when The Peanuts Movie earned $24 million.

There was only a 19 percent drop from last week to this week when it came to the top five films, after Doctor Strange and Trolls powered up a $159.3 million weekend.

Doctor Strange‘s rule at the top is expected to come to a big end next week when the next installment in the Harry Potter universe debuts, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film, starring Eddie Redmayne, has a perfect score so far with 24 critics. But there are still a number who have yet to submit their reviews to Rotten Tomatoes.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael has spent more than 18 years of his way-long journalism career in entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based in New York City.