‘Doctor Strange’ Tops Box Office; ‘Arrival’ Makes Strong Debut

Doctor Strange

For the second week in a row, Doctor Strange takes the the top spot at the box office. With $43 million, the film, about a doctor who turns to the mystic arts in order to help heal his hands after a car accident, now has a domestic total of $153 million and counting. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Mads Mikkelsen.

DreamWorks’ animated Trolls took second place with $35 million and brings its domestic numbers to a total of $94 million.

Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi mystery, Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner (both of whom have starred in superhero films) and Forest Whitaker, took third place in its first week with $24 million. It made more than its forecast of $16 million, most likely due to positive buzz. The film cost $47 million to make and I’m sure it will make it back at the box office. Not only that, but the film is already garnering a lot of awards buzz as well.

In fourth place comes Universal’s Almost Christmas, starring Danny Glover and Gabrielle Union, with $15.6 million and Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield, takes fifth place with $10.8 million, garnering $32.3 million domestically so far.

What did you see this weekend?

Source: Variety

Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki is an entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. She's a geek, a lover of words, superheroes, and all things entertainment.

  • Bill

    It’s a shame that by far and away the superior films Arrival and Hacksaw Ridge won’t make the money that dr Strange or trolls makes

    • Axxell

      They probably weren’t expecting much, releasing so close to a Marvel movie and all.

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    So wait…. Where’s the conversation about the 2nd week drop-off? With week 1 opening at $85M, & week 2 being $43M, that’s a 50% drop-off.

    When every other film (especially DC) does that, people are sounding the panic alarms. And that’s not even counting the far superior films like Arrival, or even mediocre ones like Trolls.

    And let’s not talk about the Extinction Level Event that FB will cause at the theaters.

    I continue to say, Doctor Strange is in trouble.

    • Carl

      Wow your hatred and idiocy knows no bounds. A 49.4% 2nd weekend drop is really good. SS had a 67.4% drop. BvS 69.1%, GoTG had 55.3% and Iron Man had a 48.1% drop. This is an incredibly good number when compared to those. Next weekend it’ll still be the #2 movie. It’s already a big hit. Get bent, loser.

    • Axxell

      FB? Facebook?

      • Chris Schroeder

        Fantastic Beasts

    • Rob

      The movie has grossed $492.6 million thus far. LOL! Dr. Strange is in huge trouble. I am sure there are Disney executives jumping out windows.

      You are always good for good laugh. Please admit it. You are just a DC mult pretending to be this stupidly DC homerific.

    • Rob

      And DC would have killed for only a 49.4% drop off in the second weekend for BvS or Suicide Squad.

    • Thanostic

      Have you seen it yet? I’m curious to know what you thought of it….

      • SAMURAI36

        No, but I plan to watch it online this coming week. I’ll definitely write a review for it then.

    • Axxell

      So much for “extinction level event”…

  • unpaidpundit

    I was unimpressed with “Arrival,” which is supposed to be in the “realistic” sci fi genre with “The Martian” and “Gravity.” The “science” in “Arrival” is too often like magic. I was very underwhelmed.