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Dazed by Election, Americans Flee (to the Movies)

Moviegoers were looking for a little escapism after a long campaign
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 13, 2016 11:37 AM CST

(Newser) – For the poor, the tired, the wretched masses yearning to be free of the American presidential election, there was an escape this weekend and it was to be found in a dark room with make-believe characters on a big screen. Doctor Strange got the most box-office love for the second weekend in a row with $43 million, reports the AP, which calls the finish "an especially strong hold" for Benedict Cumberbatch and Co. Close behind again in the No. 2 spot was Trolls, an animated flick with Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick that finished with $35.1 million. "There's no better way to unplug and avoid politics than to go out to the movies for a couple of hours. It's a sanctuary," a comScore analyst tells USA Today.

Arrival, starring Amy Adams debuted at No. 3 with $24 million. But moviegoers traded one seemingly unending saga for another with the No. 4 movie, Almost Christmas, about a holiday that is currently exactly six weeks away. And at No. 5, Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge pulled in $10.8 million. If this weekend's numbers don't seem especially huge to you, consider that they're up almost 50% over this time last year. (Read more box office stories.)

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