‘Doctor Strange’ opens with a big November box office win for Marvel

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Doctor Strange demonstrates, yet again, that Marvel Studios can afford to get weird from time to time. More like this movie, Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy , please.

The latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a box office reached, with an estimated $85 million opening weekend in the United States. That’s right in accordance with the $85.7 million opening for Thor: The Dark World in 2013, which was Marvel’s only other fall release to date.

It’s only the 10 th-largest start across Marvel’s 14 MCU releases to date, but it’s also the #13 opening in the history of November releases. Considering that most of the movies ahead of it have “Harry Potter, ” “Hunger Games” or “Twilight” in their titles, that’s not too shabby.

After those, only Skyfall and Thor: The Dark World are ahead of Strange .

Trolls falls in at a distant# 2 behind the Marvel flick, with an estimated $45.6 million at the box office. Having Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake lead a strong ensemble casting assist, but Trolls dedicates moviegoing mothers an alternative to the edgier Strange .

Hacksaw Ridge , the latest from director Mel Gibson, opened wide for a# 3 finish, with an estimated $14.8 million. Gibson will eternally be chased by his past troubles with misogyny and anti-Semitism, but a strong critical reception for his Andrew Garfield-led World War II drama led to a solid start at the box office.

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The rest of the weekend’s domestic top five is fulfilled by Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween (# 4, $7.8 million calculated) and Inferno (# 5, $6.3 million calculated ). Boo ! is a success for Perry, with $65 million grossed to date the third-highest of his Madea films.

It’s a less happy outcome for Inferno , the latest Tom Hanks-led Dan Brown adaptation in the Da Vinci Code series. The two-week domestic total of $26.1 million is bad news for specific features said to be budgeted at $75 million, especially given the 58 percentage slide down from its $14.9 million debut.

That told, the Brown adaptations are a proved success overseas. The first movie earned $540.7 million from foreign marketplaces in 2006, and Angels& Demons followed three years later with $352.6 million.

Inferno currently stands at $159.3 million in foreign ticket marketings. That’s a success for Sony, irrespective of the movie’s domestic performance. All of which is to say: don’t assume the domestic flop entails bad times ahead for the Robert Langdon series.

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