‘Doctor Strange’ pushes Disney past $6 billion worldwide


Strange? No, not really. The $84.9 million earned by Doctor Strange, the latest entry in Disney’s Marvel franchise, pushed Disney over the $6 billion mark worldwide for the first time in its history. One studio has accomplished that feat before: Universal, which topped out at $6.89 billion last year thanks to the success of films including Jurassic World and Furious 7. Disney still has a few tricks up its sleeve in the form of Moana (November 23) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16), so it should be able to beat Universal’s record by the time New Year’s Eve rolls around. Internationally, Doctor Strange has brought in $240 million in just under two weeks of release, bringing its worldwide cume to $325.3 million.

Coming in at spot number two is Fox’s animated musical Trolls, which pulled in a higher-than-expected $45.6 million. Fellow new release Hacksaw Ridge also had a good weekend; the Mel Gibson-directed war drama brought in $14.75 million on 2,886 screens. That leaves the rest of the top five to holdovers Boo! A Madea Halloween (weekend gross $7.8 million, total gross $64.9 million) and Inferno (weekend gross $6.2 million, total gross $26 million). 

The highest per-theatre average of the weekend went to Focus Features’ Loving, which debuted on four screens to $169,000 for a PTA of $42,250. Focus will expand the film to additional markets as awards season trucks on. 

Speaking of critically acclaimed indies, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight continued its expansion, adding 47 theatres (for a total of 83) and bringing its weekend gross to $1.3 million. 

Besides Loving, the sole limited release to chart was Sony Pictures Classics’ documentary The Eagle Huntress, which bowed to $53,848 on four screens.