'Arrival' Is Beating Expectations at the Box Office in Opening Weekend

Doctor Strange had a perfectly respectable second weekend, experiencing a drop of 49.4 percent from last weekend's opening.

Its ongoing popularity places the Scott Derrickson film on course to crack the $500 million (£397 million) mark in the coming days, as it looks to surpass the worldwide box office takings of Marvel's Ant-Man, which raked in $520 million (£412.9 million) past year (15). \/span Trolls \/em stars Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden and Gwen Stefani. Obviously, with the 5 million estimate Friday, generations of Cubs fans had far more pent-up celebrating to do.

However, Arrival overperformed. The Hollywood Reporter notes that many expected the sci-fi flick starring Amy Adams to make just $16 million this weekend. I predict Arrival will gross around $80-$90 million domestically and Almost Christmas will close out under $50 million.Hacksaw Ridge rounds out the top five with $10.8 million. Lavished with critical praise, Denis Villeneuve's Arrival landed in third place with an estimated $24 million. After 10 days on Chinese screens, the film has earned $83.5 million. Universal's comedy flick lands at No. 4 with an estimated $15.6 million, while the horror thriller starring Naomi Watts fails to take a decent spot at the domestic box office, only earning approximately $3.7 million in its debut weekend. It is also the No. 1-earning film of the year in the region, surpassing the $408.1 million total of Captain America: Civil War - made via Disney's Marvel Studios subsidiary.

"Trolls" was on track for 35 million dollars in sales this weekend, dropping about 24.8 percent in its second weekend, for a 10-day total of 94 million dollars.

"Jack Reacher: Never Go Back", $3.3 million ($8.6 million international).

"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk", $13.2 million. This film could possibly fall almost 50%, after its weekend opener and be one of Marvel's lowest declines for their collection of films.

The film will face some stiff competition this coming weekend, with the release of Warner Bros.' Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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