Disney have been setting all kinds of box office records this year, with Star Wars’ spin-off Rogue One still to come. Before that hits theatres, Doctor Strange is adding to their 2016 success. It may have dropped off the top of the box office charts, but it’s still heading towards an impressive final total. Now, it’s establishing itself as one of Marvel’s strongest franchise openers.
Strange won’t match the $1billion milestone that Captain America: Civil War passed, but it has earned back its budget and then some. The film has now crossed $600million worldwide, making it the ninth of 14 Marvel Cinematic Universe films to reach that figure. The Benedict Cumberbatch-lead film is now their most successful solo origin story.
This weekend’s haul took it past the $585M Iron Man made in 2008. Last year’s Ant-Man made $519M, which already has a sequel green-lit. Given the success of Doctor Strange, expect it to get a follow up. There’s still room in 2019 for a third MCU entry, while Marvel have three release dates claimed for 2020. Surely one of those will be taken by Doctor Strange 2? The film ended up with an impressive 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s been a critical success too.
Benedict Cumberbatch is expected to return as Doctor Strange in next year’s Thor: Ragnarok. He’s also going to play some part in Avengers: Infinity War & the untitled Avengers 4.
From Marvel comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place – a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange – armed with newly acquired magical powers – is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.