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Wkd BO 11•04-06•16 - Strange Doctor trolls (ex-)Spider-man

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xaosslug

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tomatometer:
90% Doctor Strange
74% Trolls
87% Hacksaw Ridge
22% Boo! A Madea Halloween
20% Inferno

metacritic:
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‘Doctor Strange’ Dominates With $85 Million Opening

The sheer predictability is almost becoming tiresome. Another Marvel opening, another blazing box office success for the studio behind Captain America, the Hulk, and Iron Man.

This time it’s Stephen Strange’s turn to dominate the multiplexes, after “Doctor Strange,” the first big-screen appearance for the Master of the Mystic Arts, notched a first place finish with a $85 million debut. The film centers on a brilliant surgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) who turns to magic after a devastating accident prevents him from plying his craft. Future appearances in the Avengers films are assured. The success of “Doctor Strange” extends Marvel’s hit streak. In recent years, the studio and, by extension, its parent company Disney, have been particularly adroit at turning lesser-known superheroes into blue chip properties.

“Doctor Strange” wasn’t the only film to resonate with consumers. “Trolls,” a DreamWorks Animation offering based on the popular toyline of imaginatively coiffed creatures, drew family crowds to the tune of $45.6 million. “Trolls” features the voices of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick. It cost $125 million to produce.

Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” a World War II drama from Mel Gibson, kicked off with a respectable $14.7 million. The film hopes to be an awards contender. Though Gibson won an Oscar for his work on “Braveheart,” his career was derailed a decade ago after he was arrested for drunk driving and was recorded making anti-Semitic remarks. “Hacksaw Ridge” has a $40 million budget.

“Doctor Strange’s” opening trumps those of “Thor” ($65.7 million), “Captain America: The First Avenger” ($65 million) and “Ant-Man” ($57.2 million). That’s impressive given that Captain America and Thor are better known figures. Still the good doctor couldn’t quite reach the stratospheric likes of “Iron Man” ($98.6 million), “Captain America: Civil War” ($179.1 million) or “Marvel’s The Avengers” ($207.4 million). Those films benefited from having Robert Downey Jr. and featuring bands of superheroes. “Doctor Strange” wasn’t cheap to make. Disney and Marvel spent $165 million to give the Sorcerer Supreme the celluloid treatment.

Globally, the film is a monster, having earned $240.4 million since it began rolling out overseas last week. That includes a $44.3 million debut in China, with Korea ($30.4 million), the United Kingdom ($18.9 million), and Russia ($15.4 million) among the top-performing territories.

“Doctor Strange” played well in Imax, earning $24.2 million globally. The film’s worldwide total stands at $325.4 million. Earlier this week, Disney announced that it had reached a new high-water mark for global ticket sales with $5.85 billion. The box office power of “Doctor Strange” coupled with upcoming releases such as “Moana” and “Star Wars: Rogue One,” mean that Disney is on pace to set a new industry-wide record, passing the $6.89 billion mark established by Universal in 2015.

In limited release, Focus Features debuted “Loving,” a drama about the court battle to end state bans on interracial marriage. The film earned $169,000 from four theaters. Focus bought the film out of the Venice Film Festival, as part of a shift in strategy that has the indie label returning to its art house roots. The company briefly tried to make more genre works, such as horror films and thrillers, but ultimately abandoned that strategy in the face of disappointing commercial results.

“Moonlight,” perhaps the most acclaimed film of the year, continued to impress as it widened its theatrical footprint. The drama about a young black man grappling with his sexuality added $1.3 million to its $3 million haul. It is playing in 83 theaters.

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Marvel were really smart in landing Cumberbatch for the role. No idea how he does in the film as I haven't seen it yet but he has a really large fanbase. That had to help
 

Matticers

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I was hoping Hacksaw Ridge would do better since it looks like a great movie but it's tough for a war movie to compete with a new Marvel movie and a new kids movie.
 

MechDX

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Marvel were really smart in landing Cumberbatch for the role. No idea how he does in the film as I haven't seen it yet but he has a really large fanbase. That had to help

Feige and Marvel just nail casting every major role they have and from what I keep reading RDJ plays a part in that when it comes to getting some of the bigger names to sign on
 

SpaceWolf

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Is he really the kind of guy to stick to a franchise role?

Pheonix? Heavens above no, which is probably why he balked at the inevitable nine-picture contract he would have to sign and dropped out of negotiations.

He would have killed it, though.
 
Feels like with every new Marvel film people are wondering if it will be the first to flop critically/commercially, but they surpass expectations each time it seems. First Guardians, then Ant-Man, and now Strange, they seem to have a gift for putting lesser known heroes on the big screen. And with their upcoming slate in the next couple years, I doubt they're gonna slow down any time soon.
 

Ridley327

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He is surprisingly underwhelming.

Yeah, he's basically doing his Sherlock schtick with an American accent. Nothing bad, but there really aren't any surprises as far as he's concerned.

I'm hoping that Veterans Day weekend will see a pick-up in business for Hacksaw Ridge. Reviews have been strong, but Lionsgate hasn't been capitalizing on them as much as they should be right now.
 
Yeah, he's basically doing his Sherlock schtick with an American accent. Nothing bad, but there really aren't any surprises as far as he's concerned.

I'm hoping that Veterans Day weekend will see a pick-up in business for Hacksaw Ridge. Reviews have been strong, but Lionsgate hasn't been capitalizing on them as much as they should be right now.

Imo he was a lighter-diet version of Tony Stark. He looked the part which had to be the main reason he got the role.
 

Zackat

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I like Cumberbatch's Britishness, would have enjoyed a British character, damn the story implications.
Would him being British and living in New York have been a big deal? I have only read a handful of doctor strange comics so far.

I thought he did pretty good in this movie.
 
Imo he was a lighter-diet version of Tony Stark. He looked the part which had to be the main reason he got the role.

They made him an asshole and he should be one but they didn't make him funny so he wouldn't be just another tony stark but it just makes him unsympathetic.
 

kswiston

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Doc Strange stats:

WW gross: $325M

Top International territories: China ($44M), South Korea ($30M), UK ($18M), Russia ($15M)

IMAX: $12.2M domestic / $24.2M WW

Audience: 58% male, 67% over 25

Cinemascore: A
 

Toth

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Who is paying to go and see Inferno?

I did. It was an enjoyable flick with a much more interesting climax than the book. Of course, I found the book far weaker than The Lost Symbol but I thought they did okay with what they had. I do think Tom Hanks is now too old for the role though.
 

Speevy

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Cumberbatch was fine because he is a great actor.

I just like him playing a character with his native accent is all.
 

Brhoom

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I really thought Doctor Strange was a drama film about a doctor... I didn't know it was a superhero film from Marvel.

One of the best movies of 2016 for me.
 

Bronx-Man

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I thought Benadryll was pretty good as the Doc. Brought the right amount of pathos and levity when needed.

But Joaquin Phoenix though...
 

BLACKLAC

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Cumberbatch was fine because he is a great actor.

I just like him playing a character with his native accent is all.

I was surprised by how great his American accent was. Left the theater not even thinking it wasn't his natural voice. I really appreciate his decision to do that too, really adds to putting his stamp on the character.
 
I thought Benadryll was pretty good as Doc. Brought the right amount of pathos and levity when needed.

But man, Joaquin Phoenix though...
Yeah I'm not gotta knock Cumberbatch since I thought he did very well but I would have loved for Phoenix to take the role.
 
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