Moviegoers rush to Doctor Strange

Moviegoers drained by the drama of the presidential election sought refuge at the movies over the weekend, where ticket sales were robust for just about everything.

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” led the North American box office for the second week with $43 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That was an especially strong hold for the Benedict Cumberbatch-led superhero blockbuster, which is now nearing $500 million globally. “Trolls,” the musical animated release from 20th Century Fox with Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, also held well in its second week with $35.1 million, bringing its cumulative domestic total to $94 million.

Denis Villeneuve’s science-fiction thriller “Arrival,” starring Amy Adams, scored the weekend’s top debut with a better-than-expected $24 million for Paramount Pictures. Opening in fourth was Universal Pictures’ “Almost Christmas,” the first holiday-themed release to hit theaters. The family gathering comedy, starring Danny Glover and Gabrielle Union, debuted with $15.6 million.

The weekend box office was up about 47 percent from last year, according to comScore. The Friday holiday of Veteran’s Day also helped stoke business. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, said the wide variety of releases gave moviegoers plenty of choice for escapism over the postelection weekend.

“In the first weekend after the election, I think it’s clear that people find being able to go to the movie theater is the perfect antidote to the election coverage,” said Dergarabedian. “There’s almost nowhere else that you can unplug the way you can when you go to the movie theater.”

Boxing movie with knockout performances

If you really want to see two hours of Miles Teller getting trash-talked, knocked around and finally, firmly punched out – well then, you’re probably still bitter over “Fantastic Four.”

But “Bleed for This” offers more than just revenge for film fans who feel they got sucker-punched.

The boxing movie also serves up the fascinating, maybe half-forgotten story of Vinny Pazienza, a tough kid from Providence who brawled his way to a couple of championships.

And then had to fight his way back into the ring after a car crash left him with a broken neck.

The good one comes from Teller who bulked up to play the proud puncher. He does his best to wring every emotion from this bare-knuckled comeback story, and it’s had some people buzzing about Oscars.

Except the great performance here – and the really worthy one – is courtesy of Aaron Eckhart, as tenacious trainer Kevin Rooney. Gruff and bullet-headed, Eckhart’s unrecognizable. He’s also terrific as a mug’s mug who knows how to win — if his fighters will only listen.

Both actors are clearly having fun in the kind of roles they’re rarely cast in.

It’s the other casting that seems slap-happy.

Like hiring the lively Katey Sagal to play Vinny’s mother – and giving her nothing to do but say novenas. Or asking the incredibly Celtic Ciaran Hinds to impersonate Vinny’s Italian poppa. The whole thing’s an acting split-decision.

The script pulls some punches, too. It ignores the uglier moments in the life of “Vinny Paz.” It leaves out a lot of his fights, too, and the controversy over some of them. (Although watching “Bleed for This” after this year’s “Hands of Stone,” which told the Roberto Duran match-up from Duran’s side, would make for an interesting double-feature.)

And the movie is very happy to stick to the oldest, laziest boxing-movie combination of all – success, failure, comeback. Sure, Vinnie’s story is all true. The problem is, the movie never makes it feel real.

There’s some nice footwork here from Teller, and Eckhart’s got plenty of heart. But in the end, “Bleed for This” is strictly rope-a-dope – and never goes the distance.

American Music Awards performance

Green Day has never shied away from getting political, and the rock band used the stage at the American Music Awards on Sunday night to express their thoughts on President-elect Donald Trump.

“No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,” lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong repeated throughout a performance of “Bang Bang.”

The band had previously spoken out about Trump during the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards a day before the election, changing the “subliminal mindf–k America” lyric of “American Idiot” to “subliminal mind-Trump America.”

“It’s really nice to be in Europe right now. It’s especially nice to be in Holland,” Armstrong said, according to Rolling Stone. “But most of all, it’s nice to be out of America just for a second because of this horrendous election that’s going on right now. Our entire country…is out to have one big collective heart attack.”

She said she was “wine-sodden,” and Ford offered to drive her home.

Fisher writes that she “feels a little bad for him” now. But she also reveals, while “Star Wars” became a blockbuster, “my anticipated dreams and fantasies failed to come true.

“What would you have done if you were me? Turn to drugs, Maybe? Lose your mind?”

Fisher was later diagnosed as bipolar, after losing years of her life to cocaine and prescription pill addictions.

Ford has yet to respond to his co-star’s clai

Sacramento concert after bashing

Kanye West ditched a concert packed with more than 13,000 fans in Sacramento, Calif., late Saturday after unleashing a lengthy tirade against Beyoncé and Jay Z.

“Get ready to have a field day, press, because the show’s over,” the Yeezy star said, dropping the hot microphone at the Golden 1 Center.

Irked fans, who dropped as much as $250 on the “Saint Pablo Tour,” filed out of venue chanting and cursing the rapper’s name, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The grievances started piling on before the show even started, with fans waiting more than an hour for the “Famous” hip-hop artist to arrive on stage. And when Kanye appeared, he performed three songs — repeating one — and bolted after firing up an explicit rant suggesting Queen Bey’s “Formation” win at the MTV Video Music Awards was rigged.

“Beyoncé, I was hurt,” West began, before pausing to lambast a fan for flinging something onto his floating stage.

“I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and ‘Hotline Bling,’” he continued.

West pivoted from Beyoncé’s alleged remarks when he noted that she and Taylor Swift, West’s longtime rival, are great.

“But sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are just to win,” West added, before spouting off a slew of profanities aimed at two-faced celebrities.

Harrison Ford shared brutal strength

Carrie Fisher claims her “Star Wars” co-star Harrison Ford shared a “brutal strength” marijuana stash with her while the two shared a bed during filming of the sci-fi classic.

Fisher, in her new memoir, “The Princess Diaries,” reveals her romance with the married leading man — but also claims his potent pot caused her to forget a lot of the details from that time.

Portions of the tome are taken directly from notebooks she located while renovating her home.

Fisher, 60, says, she gave Ford the final cut on the book, and that the man who played Han Solo signed off on it.

Fisher said the affair lasted three-months in 1976 when she was 19 and he was 33.

She called their union “Carrison.”

She said that as the only woman on the set, she got plenty of attention from her male co-stars.

But it was Ford who got the part.

Fisher said she and Harrison first had sex following a birthday party for director George Lucas.

She said she was “wine-sodden,” and Ford offered to drive her home.

Fisher writes that she “feels a little bad for him” now. But she also reveals, while “Star Wars” became a blockbuster, “my anticipated dreams and fantasies failed to come true.

“What would you have done if you were me? Turn to drugs, Maybe? Lose your mind?”

Fisher was later diagnosed as bipolar, after losing years of her life to cocaine and prescription pill addictions.

Ford has yet to respond to his co-star’s claims.

Ford divorced his wife at the time, college sweetheart Mary Marquardt, but Fisher said she had nothing to do with their breakup.

Ford is currently married to actress Calista Flockhart.