Box Office: Doctor Strange #1, pulls half of top 20 earnings

Doctor Strange tops weekend as Benedict Cumberbatch gets a little bit hotter

The weekend earnings of $12.63m depended more than ever on the #1 movie with Marvel’s Doctor Strange accounting for just over half of the earnings of the top 20 movies. The takings were up 15% on the previous weekend.

#1 Doctor Strange $6.42m

Not that Benedict Cumberbatch needs any more momentum to keep his career bubbling along, but the reception that Doctor Strange is getting from both audiences and critics certainly won’t hurt. The Marvel Studios project is being distributed by Walt Disney and opened on an impressive 643 screens with a screen average of $9,992.

#2 Girl On The Train #1.26m

The thriller has been hovering in the top two for a month now. Gross was down 33% this week to $1.26m with the total take now just over $13.07m.

#3 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back $1.21m

After holding top spot last week the Tom Cruise movie saw ticket sales down 54% to $1.21m with $4.57m in the bank to-date.

#4 Keeping Up With The Joneses $580,000

The movie kept its top five spot alive on 256 screens with $2m in total after two weekends.

#5 Inferno $485,000

On a soft weekend for most movies except #1, Inferno held top five on its third weekend with just under half a million.

Best of the rest: The Indian romantic drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a 2016 romantic drama that opened on just 34 screens but it generated the weekend’s best screen average of $11,882 and a total earn of $403,000.

The US neo-western heist-crime film Hell Or High Water starring Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges has been getting some glowing reviews – especially in the Mediaweek office. It opened on 87 screens with a screen average just over $4,000 with a weekend take of $380,000.

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