AceShowbiz - "Doctor Strange" debuts in the top spot at North American box office. Earning 90|percent| positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, Marvel's superhero flick starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme collects $85.1 million in its first week, surpassing projections of a $70 million opening.
The debut is on par with 2013's "Thor: The Dark World", which earned $85.7 million in its first week. "Doctor Strange" also becomes the 13th-best November opening of all time and the 14th-consecutive No. 1 debut, out of 14 movies, in the MCU. In just 13 days, the movie has grossed $325.4 million worldwide.
"It just proves once again that Marvel really does have that magic," says senior media analyst at comScore Paul Dergarabedian, adding that "compared to the bigger-ticket superheroes" like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, "Doctor Strange is a more esoteric character."
Landing in the runner-up spot is DreamWorks and Fox's "Trolls". The animated musical featuring the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, who also co-wrote the songs for the movie with producers Max Martin and Shellback, collects $46.6 million in its debut weekend.
"They picked a perfect release date," Dergarabedian says. "This is a fall that hasn't provided a lot of options for families. It's been some pretty deep, dark stuff going on (at the multiplex), and 'Trolls' is perfect escapist entertainment."
Mel Gibson's directorial comeback "Hacksaw Ridge", which received an A grade on CinemaScore, debuts in the third place. The WWII drama starring Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, an army medic who became the first conscientious objector in history to receive the Medal of Honor, bags $15.2 million.
Rounding out the top five are two-week champion "Boo! A Madea Halloween" and last week's runner-up, "Inferno". Tyler Perry's comedy horror flick and the Tom Hanks-led movie fall three slots to the fourth and fifth places with $7.7 million and $6.2 million respectively.
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