Arrival takes second spot from Hacksaw Ridge but Doctor Strange dominates weekend box office

New sci-fi film Arrival relegated the Mel Gibson war film Hacksaw Ridge to third spot at the box office, raking in $2.171m across its premiere weekend.

The film, which opened on November 10, features Amy Adams in a lead role about a group of investigators communicating with extraterrestrial visitors who have landed in spaceships across Earth.

Despite Arrival’s success, it could not dislodge Disney’s Dr Strange which achieved an additional $2.577m at box office. To date, Doctor Strange, has achieved a total of $16.058m earnings at the Australian box office.

Sliding to third spot Hacksaw Ridge achieved $1.318m in earnings over the weekend, bringing the film’s total to $3.653m across its two weeks of release.

American thriller The Accountant achieved $1.159m over the weekend following its first week of release.

The film, directed by Gavin O’Connor, tells the story of a high-functioning autistic accountant who makes his living by involving himself with organisations engaging in criminal and dangerous activities.

US thriller Nocturnal Animals, which premiered on Wednesday, collected $607,593 across its opening weekend, landed in fifth place at the box office.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Doctor Strange (Disney) $2,577,000 454 $16,057,502
Arrival (Roadshow) $2,171,857 268 $2,174,303
Hacksaw Ridge (Icon) $1,318,043 275 $3,653,060
The Accountant (Wb) $1,159,509 273 $3,313,933
Nocturnal Animals (Universal) $607,593 238 $614,670
The Light Between Oceans (Eone) $529,750 150 $1,560,174
The Girl On The Train (Eone) $469,782 0 $15,119,229
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Paramount) $280,970 316 $6,032,383
Keeping Up With The Joneses (Fox) $137,491 148 $2,759,025
Storks (Wb) $127,944 142 $8,244,507
Ouija: Origin Of Evil (Universal) $109,188 84 $2,237,580
Hell Or High Water (Madman) $102,373 76 $904,679
The Secret Life Of Pets (Universal) $80,632 109 $29,401,682
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Fox) $78,942 97 $11,185,556
Robinson Crusoe (Studiocanal) $72,056 109 $328,470
Death Note: Light Up The New World (Madman) $60,708 38 $60,708
Cafe Society (Eone) $57,236 66 $864,334
Inferno (Sony) $45,090 52 $5,279,542
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Mindblowing Films) $38,990 19 $807,437
Where Am I Going? (Palace) $36,885 19 $763,107

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