A strong batch of new films drew audiences to United States theaters in large numbers this weekend, including Marvel's Doctor Strange, the animated Trolls and Mel Gibson's second world war drama Hacksaw Ridge, waking up a sleepy fall box office.
Doctor Strange has cast a spell over the North American box office with an $85 million (£68.25 million) opening weekend (04-06Nov16) haul.
In fact, while it should come as no surprise to Marvel fans that Doctor Strange was at the top of the box office, Trolls also did relatively well with families.
Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton star alongside Cumberbatch, as his character explores his mystical powers. Featuring the voices of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, the film made US$45.6 million in its first weekend in theaters.
It's the 14th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the 14th to open at No 1. "This is one of those, "Yeah, you can't stop the feeling" type of movies, and that feeling is feel good".
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The third major movie to premiere alongside Trolls and Doctor Strange was Hacksaw Ridge, which also had a respectable debut bringing in $14.7 million.
The movie has broken the previous IMAX record set by "Interstellar" too, making $24.2 million from the large format screens around the world.
"There's room for other things when the box office is on fire".
Rounding out the top 10 films were: The Accountant (US$6.0 million) Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (US$5.6 million) Ouija: Origin of Evil (US$4.0 million) The Girl on the Train (US$2.8 million) "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (US$2.1 million). However, should it perform as Ant-Man did, finishing with a 3.15 multiplier (the third best ever for an MCU film), unusual would find itself grossing almost $270 million domestically.
Hacksaw Ridge followed in third place, a solid start for a tough, R-rated war film. The final weekend box office numbers are expected on Monday.