Box Office: “Doctor Strange” wins again, “Trolls” troll “Arrival”


It’s “Almost Christmas” at the box office, and the modestly funny African American “family” comedy — with infidelity and drinking and just a little swearing — is doing well enough. It’s not earning Madea money, but $15 million or so, a few laughs after the end to a toxic election? We’ll take it.

The big winner of last weekend is still the big winner with weekend, with Marvel’s latest caped comic book crusader film earning another $38-40 million, based on Friday’s numbers.

The animated “Trolls” is holding its own in pursuit of “Strange,” over $34 million on its second weekend. “Strange” will clear $150 by Sunday night, “Trolls” will clear $100 million by Tuesday, Wed. at the latest.

So. “Arrival.” Smart, cerebral and serene sci-fi film? How’s it doing in Donald Trump/Not Neal DeGrasse Tyson’s America? $22 million. Not a bad opening, but pretty underwhelming for a genre that is the only serious challenger to comic book pictures for having a large loyal fan base. It should have legs, and awards buzz will help. But. Underwhelming.

“Hacksaw Ridge” is holding audience, “Inferno,” “A Madea Halloween,” “Jack Reacher”? They’re not.

The un-previewed horror pic “Shut In” is barely in the top ten and should be gone by Thanksgiving.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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