Doctor Strange spins magic at re-energised US box office

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Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange dominated the weekend box office in America.

The superhero movie - which sees Benedict play neurosurgeon Steven Strange, who turns to mystic powers when his career is ended in a car accident - took in a hefty $85 million (£67.9 million) in North American theatres, according to studio estimates.

Benedict Cumberbatch (PA)
Benedict Cumberbatch (PA)

The film, which opened internationally last weekend, was one of a strong batch of new movies which drew audiences to cinemas in large numbers in America this weekend, including Trolls and Mel Gibson's WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge.

Trolls, an animated musical featuring the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, took second place with $45.6 million (£36.4 million).

Hacksaw Ridge, which is about the true story of Desmond Doss's heroics during the battle of Okinawa, earned $14.8 million (£11.8 million).