Box Office: ‘Doctor Strange’ and ‘Trolls’ Light Up Theaters

(NOVEMBER 4 – NOVEMBER 6, 2016 estimates)

  1. Doctor Strange(Opening) – $84,989,000
  2. Trolls(Opening) – $45,600,000
  3. Hacksaw Ridge(Opening) – $14,750,000
  4. “Boo! A Madea Halloween” (Week 3) – $7,800,000
  5. “Inferno” (Week 2) – $6,250,000
  6. The Accountant(Week 4) – $5,950,000
  7. “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” (Week 3) – $5,580,000
  8. “Ouija: Origin of Evil” (Week 3) – $3,983,000
  9. The Girl on the Train(Week 5) – $2,775,000
  10. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (Week 6) – $2,100,000

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  • DR. StrangeMarvel had yet another massive success with “Doctor Strange” this weekend. The superhero flick bowed to just under $85 million, nearly identical to the opening weekend of “Thor: The Dark World” at the same time in 2013. That film, one of the more poorly reviewed entries, wound up with over $200 million domestic. “Doctor Strange” should have a better shot at cracking $250 million domestic. This is an even better opening considering how other introductory films have performed with the MCU. Only the original “Iron Man” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” performed better amongst non-sequel entities. Overseas is an even sunnier story. Since opening in certain markets last weekend, the film has continued to perform spectacularly across the globe. Its worldwide total stands at a staggering $325 million. It will be interesting to see how high this project can go.
  • “Doctor Strange” didn’t suck up all the business this weekend. Dreamwork’s “Trolls” also saw a robust opening weekend with $45 million. The CGI animated film once again proved the strength of the family audience. This is right in line with opening weekends for “Megamind” and “The Peanuts Movie,” which both opened around this time in past years. However, it might be harder for “Trolls” to have as high of a multiplier. That’s not due to reviews, which were stronger than expected. Over the rest of the month, the film will see steep competition from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Moana.” With a $125 million price tag, the film will have to play like gangbusters over next weekend before it gets hit by those tentpoles. Still, the foreign total for the film has been strong. The film currently has a worldwide total of $149 million and should see it grow over the coming weeks.
  • Mel Gibson made his return to film, and it wasn’t quite a disaster. “Hacksaw Ridge” opened to just under $15 million, which is slightly above where tracking had put the film. This is far below similar war films such as “Unbroken” or “Fury,” but those had much more star power and fanfare behind them. In terms of openings for a Mel Gibson directed film, this one performed about as well as “Apocalypto” did 10 years ago. It also saw a similar opening weekend as the big budgeted war epic “Australia” in 2008. With good reviews, the film has the possibility to gross up to $50 million if it catches on. It will need to get that high to recoup its $40 million production budget.
  • After two weeks at the top of the charts, “Boo! A Madea Halloween” slid down to number four. Following the Halloween holiday, the film lost 54% of its audience this weekend. That’s a steep number, but to be expected after strong business tied to the holiday. The domestic total for the film grew to $64.9 million. This is a fantastic total for a film that cost a mere $20 million to produce. It’s about a day away from passing “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection” to be the second highest grossing Madea film.
  • There wasn’t any good news to spare for Ron Howard’s “Inferno.” The third film in the Robert Langdon series took a nosedive in its second weekend. It fell 57% from its paltry opening weekend, bringing its domestic total to $26 million. Against a $75 million budget, that is a sad number. While American audiences aren’t taken with the film, the same cannot be said for foreign audiences. With foreign grosses added in, the worldwide total stands at a stronger $185 million. Still, this is a far cry from the $758 million and $485 million totals for the previous two films.
  • Ben Affleck’s “The Accountant” saw the smallest week over week drop in the top 10. The thriller eased a fantastic 29% in its fourth weekend. This is good enough to bring the film over the $70 million mark domestically and just under $110 million worldwide. With a budget of only $44 million, the film has been one of the more solid sleeper hits of the fall, which has seen a lot of big budget failures.
  • The Tom Cruise action sequel “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” didn’t gain much ground in its third weekend. The film dropped 42% to bring its domestic total to $49 million. Additionally, the film has grossed $110 million worldwide. While this seems like a solid total for the $60 million, it is far below the previous film. The original “Jack Reacher” grossed $80 million domestic and $218 million worldwide. This sequel will not be able to reach either of those heights.
  • The horror film “Ouija: Origin of Evil” did not retain much of its business following Halloween. The film lost 44% of its business from last weekend, which is not particularly noteworthy either good or bad. The box office totals for the film stand at $31 million domestic and $64 million worldwide. This isn’t much to write home about, but it is good for a film that cost only $9 million to make.
  • Emily Blunt hung in the top 10 for another week. “The Girl on the Train” dropped a scant 36% in its fifth weekend. This brings the film’s domestic total to $70 million and worldwide total to $140 million. These are strong numbers, even if they don’t quite seem like the heights people predicted for the film.
  • Tim Burton is also enjoying his final week in the top 10. The big budget film “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” dropped 48% in its sixth weekend. The $110 million budgeted film exists in a gray area of success and failure. The $83 million domestic total is disappointing, but foreign grosses saved the film. The worldwide total of $253 million ensures the overall success of the film. It will be difficult to gauge, however, if this is good enough for the film to warrant a sequel.

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  • moonlight_barryjenkins“Moonlight” continued its exceptional limited release run, nearly breaking in to the top 10. After adding 47 theaters (for 83 theaters total), the film jumped 56% from last week. This was good enough for a $1.3 million weekend total and healthy $16,053 per theater average. The total for the film currently stands at $3 million. This continued strong performance in a handful of markets is effectively creating sustained buzz for the Oscar hopeful film. As it adds more theaters, it will be exciting to see the movie grow and rise up the charts.
  • Another Oscar hopeful began its limited run this weekend. Jeff Nichols’ “Loving” debuted in four theaters for a weekend gross of $169,000. This elicited a $42,250 per theater average, which was strong enough to be the highest per theater average of the week. While this isn’t as record setting as “Moonlight’s” opening weekend, it is a very strong total that bodes well for the film’s planned expansion.
  • The documentary world saw the premiere of “The Eagle Huntress.” Sony Picture Classics’ latest entry had a strong showing in four theaters. It grossed $53K for a per theater average of $13,462. It will be interesting to see if it can expand from here and capture broader attention from the public.

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