The U.S. box office got a great boost thanks in large part to the fact that Veterans Day fell on a Friday this year. It seems many students who had the national holiday off chose to spend part of the day in a movie theatre.
Ticket sales on the top 21 motion pictures in America this year was $55.5 million. That’s a whopping 134 percent increase from last year’s Veterans Day, which, by the way, fell on a Wednesday.
One of the most popular films at the box office remains Disney/Marvel’s superhero flick Doctor Strange. This film took in about $14.9 million this Veterans Day. Movie experts believe that Doctor Strange will rake in $153 million by the end of this week, which would make it even more successful that Marvel’s Thor 2. Doctor Strange has currently made $365 million worldwide.
Dreamwork’s animated picture Trolls is also having a strong showing on its second week. On Veterans Day, Trolls took in about $12.2 million, which is almost equal to this film’s total gross last Friday. This film has already taken in $71 million domestically, making its worldwide total $177 million.
One movie that shocked box office analysts this Veterans Day was the alien/drama Arrival. Analysts only thought this movie was going to take in $15 million on its opening day. Instead, Arrival took in $23 million, boosted in large part by Veterans Day and the overwhelming critical praise it has received. Arrival currently has a 93 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Most analysts believe Doctor Strange will take the number one spot again at this week’s box office, followed by Trolls, Arrival, the holiday comedy/drama Almost Christmas, and the World War II drama Hackshaw Ridge.