Box Office: Doctor Strange Opens to $85-M Domestically, and $325-M Globally
$DIS, $IMAX, $DWA, $CMCSA, $FOX
Doctor Strange opened to $85-M from 3,882 theaters at the North American box office, adding another franchise to the expanding Marvel Studios and Disney (NYSE:DIS) superhero universe and putting the movie’s early global total at $325.4-M.
Overseas, the film earned another $118.7-M this weekend for a foreign take of $240.4-M after debuting in select markets a week ahead of its US debut.
Doctor Strange cost $165-M to produce and is the 1st movie to play in more than 1,000 Imax (NYSE:IMAX) theaters, which contributed $24.2-M of the global weekend earnings.
Boasting glowing reviews and an A CinemaScore, Doctor Strange certainly was not the weekend’s only success story in a needed morale boost for Hollywood after revenue tumbled 10% in September and October.
Animated event film Trolls and Mel Gibson’s World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge came in on the high end expectations after likewise scoring strong reviews and A CinemaScores.
Trolls is the first DreamWorks Animation movie released sine Universal closed its deal to buy Jeffrey Katzenberg’s company. That means while Fox will get its usual distribution fee, the revenue will go to Universal via DWA.
Overseas, Trolls earned $30-M in its 3rd weekend as it expanded into a total of 67 markets for a foreign take of $104-M for a global box office take of $149.6-M.
Hacksaw Ridge followed in 3rd place with $14.8-M from 2,886 theaters, a solid start for a, R-rated war film. It is Mel Gibson’s 1st directorial outing since Apocalypto a decade ago.
Hacksaw Ridge stars Andrew Garfield as a US Army medic who became the first conscientious objector in history to win the Medal of Honor after staying behind during the Battle of Okinawa and saving more than 75 lives, despite refusing to take up arms because of his religious beliefs. The film played well in most parts of the country, versus only working among faith-based audiences.
At the specialty box office
A24’s awards contender Moonlight continued to impress when expanding into a total of 83 theaters in its 3rd weekend. The drama moved up the chart to #11, grossing $1.3-M for a theater average of $16,053 and a domestic box office of $3.1-M.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.