Marvel Studios continued a seemingly-endless streak of smash-hits this weekend, as the Scott Derrickson-directed Doctor Strange opened with $85m domestically, the 14th consecutive first place debut for the Disney-owned brand.
Strange‘s opening was bigger than those of Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and Ant-Man, and around the same as 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. The film opened in 22 additional international territories this weekend to the tune of $118.7m, bringing its worldwide total to $325m after just 13 days. It’s grossed $44.4m in China and $18.9m in the UK, for example. The film’s budget was $165m.
Walt Disney Studios has surpassed the $6bn mark at the worldwide box office this year, the first time they have done so, with hits including The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War and Finding Dory. Let us not forget: they have Moana and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story– both sure to be box-office behemoths- still to come!
DreamWorks’ Trolls earned $45.6m in second place off a $125m budget. In third place was Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge with $14.8m, while Boo! A Madea Halloween dropped to fourth after 2 weeks on top. Ron Howard’s Inferno rounded out the top five with a $6.3m second weekend and a $180m worldwide gross on a $75m budget, making it a bigger hit than it might appear (though likely not big enough to warrant a fourth Robert Langdon adventure).