Doctor Strange maintains his power at weekend box office

Doctor StrangeThe Marvel Universe remained strong this weekend, with its latest superhero Doctor Strange once again taking hold of the coveted box office crown. Earning $43.0 million, the 4-star-rated flick about an unwitting sorcerer (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) has now secured close to $500 million around the world — and all this in just its second weekend at the box office.

Also holding tight to the top two, Dreamworks’ animated adventure Trolls added another $35.1 million to its just over $200 million global haul. The family-friendly feature, which has Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake as two polar-opposite trolls on a mission to save their village, is currently rated 3.6 stars at

With the critical and commercial buzz surrounding Arrival, it was easy to assume that the sci-fi flick would steal the top spot from Doctor Strange; however, it was not meant to be. The alien-invasion drama, which stars A-listers Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, debuted in third with $24.0 million. Rated 4.1 stars at, Arrival follows a linguist who must decode alien communications and is based on a short story by Ted Chiang titled Story of Your Life.

While opening at a somewhat distant fourth, the ensemble holiday comedy Almost Christmas still managed to earn back most of its modest $17 million budget, taking home $15.6 million over the weekend. The film, rated 4.5 stars at, stars Danny Glover as a grieving patriarch who’s hellbent on spending the holidays with his very big and very dysfunctional family.

Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson‘s first feature in a decade, dropped down two spots from last weekend to collect $10.8 million, bringing it up to just over $32 million so far. While it certainly isn’t Gibson’s most commercially successful foray at the box office, the war drama about a historic conscientious objector has earned overwhelming critical praise, including a stellar 4.4-star rating at ~Shelby Morton

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  1. Kaylyn • December 22, 2016 @ 3:13 AM

    Not a bad movie for a superhero cookie cutter type of movie

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