Monday Box Office Report – Doctor Strange conjures up a huge US opening

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Stephen Strange: He’s already an MD, a PHD and the Sorcerer Supreme (can’t forgot that one), and now he can also add “Box Office Champion” (BOC?) to his list of achievements. With 90% on RottenTomatoes and a lot of fan love as well, Marvel’s Doctor Strange has been a magical critical success, and that success has translated into one hell of a domestic opening. The supernatural superhero movie debuted in the top spot in the US this weekend past, conjuring a massive $84.9 million. This is of course to go with the $240.4 million it has already made on the international markets where it opened two weeks ago; meaning in total it’s already almost doubled its $165 million production budget!

On the rankings of domestic openings for the 14 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange finds itself just a fraction behind Thor: The Dark World at 10th, but besting Ant-Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor and The Incredible Hulk. That may seem like a less than stellar stat, but that’s actually pretty impressive for the non-sequel debut of a reasonably unknown character.


But if trippy, psychedelic superheroics was not Americans’ thing, they had another two diverse new offerings to also choose from. And they really could not be more different. Dreamworks’ Trolls, a CG animated film about the frazzle haired dolls from yesteryear, managed to (somehow) have a solid opening despite their subject matter not having been popular in the last decade and more. Maybe thank the voice acting talents of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick for that one. Either way, the movie has trolled its way to $45.6 million, which is nothing to sneeze at when you add the $104 million it has already made overseas.


The last new opener is essentially Exhibit A in the case to prove that even if you’re a raving, drunken racist, if you’re a talented enough filmmaker Hollywood will still listen. Eventually. Yes, after being essentially declared a social pariah for his much publicized tirades, Mel Gibson is hacking his way back into elite Hollywood circles again and leading his charge is factual WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge featuring Andrew Garfield in a reported powerhouse performance. With 87% on RottenTomatoes and the label of “major awards contender” being thrown around, Gibson is certainly getting the critical love again. It wasn’t quite the same commercially though, as the movie opened to $14.75 million. Now with just a $40 million price tag, and given the movie’s adult skewing R-rated nature, this debut is actually fine. Especially since strong of word of mouth and a run up towards the awards season will surely mean that this one will keep making money for a while still.


Meanwhile Inferno‘s epic flame-out continues, as the latest Dan Brown adaptation from director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks could only scrape up $6.25 million in its second week. Standing at $26 million, its total domestic earnings in two weeks has still not managed to beat what The Da Vinci Code earned in its opening day alone. Ouch. In more positive news, Finding Dory is still making money somewhere in the world, with the $1.8 million it brought in this weekend past being enough to push it to $1.024 billion. That’s just enough to surpass Zootopia and its $1.023 billion, officially making Finding Dory the second highest grossing movie of 2016 globally behind Captain America: Civil War.

Here’s what’s happening on the rest of the charts:

  • 01. Doctor Strange (NE)

Weekend gross: $84.989 million
Percentage change: NA
Total domestic gross: $84.989 million
Total international gross: $240.400 million

  • 02. Trolls (NE)

Weekend gross: $45.600 million
Percentage change: NA
Total domestic gross: $45.600 million
Total international gross: $104.002 million

  • 03. Hacksaw Ridge (NE)

Weekend gross: $14.750 million
Percentage change: NA
Total domestic gross: $14.750 million
Total international gross: NA

  • 04. Boo! A Madea Halloween (LW: 1)

Weekend gross: $7.800 million
Percentage change: -54.7%
Total domestic gross: $64.990 million
Total international gross: $645.627


  • 05. Inferno (LW: 2)

Weekend gross: $6.250 million
Percentage change: -57.9%
Total domestic gross: $26.057 million
Total international gross: $159.300 million

  • 06. The Accountant (LW: 4)

Weekend gross: $5.950 million
Percentage change: -29.8%
Total domestic gross: $61.257 million
Total international gross: $38.500 million

  • 07. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (LW: 3)

Weekend gross: $5.580 million
Percentage change: -42.1%
Total domestic gross: $49.240 million
Total international gross: $62.700 million

  • 08. Ouija: Origins of Evil (LW: 5)

Weekend gross: $3.983 million
Percentage change: -44%
Total domestic gross: $31.372 million
Total international gross: $33.100 million


  • 09. The Girl on the Train (LW: 6)

Weekend gross: $2.775 million
Percentage change: -36.7%
Total domestic gross: $70.732 million
Total international gross: $69.900 million

  • 10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (LW: 7)

Weekend gross: $2.100 million
Percentage change: -48.4%
Total domestic gross: $83.334 million
Total international gross: $170.135 million

(LW = Last Week, NE = New Entry)


Last Updated: November 7, 2016

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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