Doctor Strange held onto the top spot at the US box office in its second week on release. Benedict Cumberbatch's induction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has conjured close to $500 million worldwide so far, and will easily eclipse Iron Man has the highest grossing first movie for a new character.
Dreamworks' Trolls remained at number two after its solid opening last weekend, the musical comedy has currently earned more than $225 million globally and is shaping up to be a well-needed hit for Dreamworks. Lavished with critical praise, Denis Villeneuve's Arrival landed in third place with an estimated $24 million. Starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, Villeneuve's intelligent sci-fi movie is already in contention to be one of my favourite films of the year.
Other new releases that made it to top ten included festive comedy Almost Christmas, and the Naomi Watts led thriller Shut In. After a break of a decade behind the camera, Mel Gibson's acclaimed World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge slipped to fifth place in its second weekend. While it remains to be seen if Gibson can revive his acting career, he's moving full steam ahead on directorial projects and a sequel to The Passion of the Christ could be on the horizon.
Following its tepid debut last weekend, Inferno continued to cool down and after two weeks has taken just $32 million domestically. The international box office has been somewhat kinder to the Tom Hanks/Ron Howard movie, grossing a respectable $171 million (and counting) it might just be enough to eek out another cut-price sequel.
Next weekend we journey back to J.K Rowling's wizarding world in Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The first wave of reviews are in, and they're a bit more mixed than Warner Bros were expecting, but that shouldn't get in the way of a massive opening weekend.