BOX OFFICE REPORT
November 11-13, 2016
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Doctor Strange||$43.0 million|
|Almost Christmas||$15.5 million|
|Hacksaw Ridge||$10.7 million|
In these strange times, American audiences went to see the Doctor for a second straight weekend. The latest Marvel movie dropped about 50 percent but retained the top spot, earning an estimated $43 million. It's already surpassed 2008's The Incredible Hulk and should pass last year's Ant-Man by the end of next weekend. But its ceiling is just a little north of $200 million. It should top Thor: The Dark World, but won't get to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Kids and their parents still loved their Trolls, too. Falling only 25 percent, which is astonishing, the animated musical has now taken in nearly $100 million. It will likely end up as the fourth-biggest animated movie of the year behind Finding Dory, The Secret Life of Pets and Zootopia.
Of the weekend's new releases, Arrival did the best, riding great reviews and marketing to a $24 million opening. With good word-of-mouth, it could become the sleeper hit of the fall. It will likely stick around as Almost Christmas fades. Holiday movies just aren't built to last anymore. But they'll still end up better than Hacksaw Ridge. It only fell a modest 29 percent, but won't earn the big bucks.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, playing on the only two screens capable of playing it as intended: in 120 frames per second 4K 3D, averaged a whopping $60,000 on each one. It will go wide in 2D next weekend.
- Shut In, a psychological thriller starring Naomi Watts and the boy from Room, didn't catch on at all. The flick earned just $3.7 million.
- Elle, the big comeback from provocateur Paul Verhoeven, also debuted strongly in limited release. It averaged $28,006 on just two screens.
Next week: You won't need to search anywhere. Fantastic Beasts will be absolutely everywhere. This will be the first Harry Potter-related film since Deathly Hallows, Part 2 wrapped up in 2011. But it doesn't matter, it's going to be huge. I think $95 million is a conservative estimate. Nothing else will come anywhere close.