Doctor Strange keeps the box office alive

2016-11-14 09:02

Los Angeles - Leading films at the box office saw a collective bump over the weekend following the caustic US presidential election, with sci-fi flicks performing particularly well according to industry data released Sunday.

Doctor Strange worked its magic on American moviegoers in need of a bit of escapism after the grinding presidential campaign, raking in $43m in its second week to bring its total earnings to $153m, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

The film starring Benedict Cumberbatch centres on world-famous neurosurgeon Stephen Strange - whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of use of his hands.

Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton star alongside Cumberbatch, as his character explores his mystical powers.

The 3D computer-animated film Trolls held on to the second-place spot for a second straight week, earning $35m.

The feel-good musical comedy flick based on the classic plastic dolls of the same name features the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake.

Arrival notched third place, launching its run by grossing $24m. Starring Amy Adams, the movie centres on an elite team led by a linguist tasked with investigating mysterious extraterrestrial spacecraft after they touch down on Earth.

In Almost Christmas, the number-four flick with $15.6m in its debut weekend, a dysfunctional family gets together for the first holiday season since their mother's death. The dramedy stars include Danny Glover, Kimberly Elise and Gabrielle Union.

The biographical war film Hacksaw Ridge - directed by Mel Gibson - came in fifth place with $10.8m in its second weekend.

Rounding out the top 10 films were:

The Accountant ($4.6m)

Shut In ($3.7m)

Boo! A Madea Halloween ($3.6m)

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back ($3.3m)

Inferno ($3.28m)

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