Moviegoers rush to ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Arrival’ post-election

"Doctor Strange" led with $43 million

This image released by Disney shows Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Marvel's "Doctor Strange." (Jay Maidment/Disney/Marvel via AP)
This image released by Disney shows Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Marvel's "Doctor Strange." (Jay Maidment/Disney/Marvel via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Moviegoers drained by the drama of the presidential election sought refuge at the movies over the weekend, where ticket sales were robust for just about everything.

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” led the North American box office for the second week with $43 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That was an especially strong hold for the Benedict Cumberbatch-led superhero blockbuster. “Trolls,” the musical animated release from 20th Century Fox with Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, also held well in its second week with $35.1 million.

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows a scene from "Arrival." (Paramount Pictures via AP)
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows a scene from “Arrival.” (Paramount Pictures via AP)

And Denis Villeneuve’s science-fiction thriller “Arrival,” starring Amy Adams, scored the weekend’s top debut with a better-than-expected $24 million for Paramount Pictures.

The postelection weekend was up nearly 50 percent from last year, according to comScore.

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