Doctor Strange Wins Box Office Weekend #2 Against Arrival

After easily taking the box office crown last weekend, Marvel’s went up against three newcomers, Paramount’s Arrival, Universal’s Almost Christmas and EuropaCorp’s Shut In. While our original projections had the race much closer, had no trouble repeating at the top, taking in an estimated $43 million. Trolls also remained in second place with $35 million, dropping just 24.8% in its second weekend, while Doctor Strange dropped just 49.8%, both of which are impressive in their own right.

Doctor Strange remained in 3,882 theaters this weekend, the same as its opening frame, earning a respectable $11,085 per-screen average, down from its $21,911 per-screen average on opening weekend. This superhero adventure will likely be playing in roughly more than 1,600 theaters than its new competitors this weekend. Box Office Mojo reports that Arrival debuted in 2,317 theaters, while Almost Christmas arrived in 2,376 theaters and Shut In arrived in 2,058 theaters.

As of now, Arrival was the only movie of the new releases to earn favor with the critics, posting an impressive 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Almost Christmas earned a 44% rating and Shut In laid a goose egg, with a 0% rating on RT. Despite this critical acclaim, Arrival couldn’t come out with the win on opening weekend, debuting in third place with $24 million, behind Doctor Strange‘s $43 million and Trolls’ $35 million. Arrival put up some impressive numbers with a $10,358 per-screen average, earning just over half of its $47 million budget back in its opening weekend.

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Jeremy Renner leads a supporting cast which also includes Michael Stuhlbarg, Forest Whitaker and Tzi Ma, with Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) directing from a script by Eric Heisserer (Lights Out).

The ensemble cast of Almost Christmas includes Gabrielle Union, Danny Glover, Nicole Ari Parker, Jessie Usher, Omar Epps, Kimberly Elise, Romany Malco and Mo’nique.A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series, This Christmas), Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.

Shut In is a heart-pounding thriller starring Naomi Watts as a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England. When a young boy Mary (Watts) is treating goes missing, and is presumed dead, she becomes convinced that his ghost is haunting her and her bedridden son. The cast also includes Room star Jacob Tremblay, Oliver Platt and Charlie Heaton. Rounding out the top 5 is Almost Christmas ($15.5 million) and Hacksaw Ridge ($10.7 million).

Rounding out the top 10 will be The Accountant ($4.5 million), Shut In ($3.7 million), Boo! A Madea Halloween ($3.5 million), Jack Reacher: Never Go Back ($3.3 million) and Inferno ($3.2 million). Also opening in limited release this weekend is Sony’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which got off to an impressive start with $120,000 from two theaters for a $60,000 per-screen average. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is set to expand nationwide on November 18. Sony Pictures Classics’ Elle also fared well with $56,012 from two theaters for a $28,006, while Oscilloscope Pictures’ The Love Witch earned $23,000 from six theaters for a $3,833 per-screen average. No box office data was released for Argot Pictures’ The Anthropologist, Indican’s The Fiance, Strand’s Kiki, Love to Love and Music Box Films’ Seasons.

Looking ahead to next weekend, Warner Bros. will bring its Harry Potter franchise back to theaters with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will go up against Open Road Films’ boxing drama Bleed For This and STX Entertainment’s The Edge of Seventeen. Also opening in limited release is Magnolia’s horror-thriller The Eyes of My Mother, Well Go USA’s dramatic comedy I Am Not Madame Bovary, Roadside Attractions’ drama Manchester by the Sea, Focus Features’ thriller Nocturnal Animals, Magnolia’s action movie Officer Downe, Cleopatra Films’ dramatic comedy A Street Cat Named Bob and High Top Releasing’s action movie The Take. Check back on Sunday for the box office estimates, but until then, here’s our projections for the top 10 during the November 11 weekend.

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