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'Doctor Strange,' 'Trolls' surpass expectations to revive fall box office

'Doctor Strange,' 'Trolls' surpass expectations to revive fall box office

Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” was the right antidote, when paired with 20th Century Fox’s “Trolls,” to treat a bruising fall box-office season.

The picture from Walt Disney Co. pulled an estimated $85 million in the U.S. and Canada, surpassing even the most liberal analyst expectations of $80 million. It’s also a massive hit internationally, earning an amazing $203.7 million globally this weekend. After opening internationally last week, the film’s global gross after just 13 days is $325.4 million.

“I think it all is a testament of Marvel Studios’ unbroken streak of critical and commercial success, proving that...

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