LOS ANGELES - Leading films at the box office saw a collective bump over the weekend following the caustic United States presidential election, with sci-fi flicks performing particularly well, according to industry data released on Sunday.
Doctor Strange worked its magic on American moviegoers in need of a bit of escapism after the grinding presidential campaign, raking in US$43 million (S$61 million) in its second week to bring its total earnings to US$153 million, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.
The film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, centres on world-famous neurosurgeon Stephen Strange - whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of use of his hands.
Trolls, a 3D computer-animated film, held on to the second-place spot for a second straight week, earning US$35 million.
The feel-good musical comedy flick based on the classic plastic dolls of the same name features the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake.
Arrival notched third place, launching its run by grossing US$24 million.
Starring Amy Adams, the movie centres on an elite team led by a linguist tasked with investigating mysterious extraterrestrial spacecraft after they touch down on Earth.
In Almost Christmas, the number-four flick with US$15.6 million in its debut weekend, a dysfunctional family get together for the first holiday season since their mother's death.
The dramedy stars Danny Glover, Kimberly Elise and Gabrielle Union.
Biographical war film Hacksaw Ridge - directed by Mel Gibson - came in at No. 5, with US$10.8 million in its second weekend.
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