The opening weekend for Doctor Strange is now in the books and officially just behind us. What that means is we can now take a look at some of the box office numbers and see if those predictions and forecasts that we reported on in this article were correct.
Thursday started off with the early domestic releases strongly at $9.4 million US dollars. This Doctor Strange weekend kickoff set the tone for one of the strongest weekend box office performances to date for Marvel Studios. In fact, Doctor Strange beat out other Marvel movies such as Ant-Man in Thursday numbers.
When all was said and done, numbers were pouring in steadily from the Box Office and on Sunday reports indicated that the movie took in over $85 Million dollars at just under four thousand movie theaters in the United States. These movie results tells us that it is Disney / Marvel’s second best November opening out of its fourteen movies thus far. It is just behind Thor: The Dark World which took in $85.7 million on its opening weekend).
Globally, the movie raked in over $240 million dollars from multiple international markets. When combined with the domestic weekend figures, the movie has already brought in $325.4 million dollars and this is on a $165 million dollar budget. Incidentally, these numbers have also propelled Walt Disney Studios over the $6 billion dollar mark for the year, its biggest year ever. Disney’s box office is now $6.07 billion dollars for 2016.
Disney’s distribution Chief, Dave Hollis commented on the numbers and how a large portion of them were driven by IMAX, 3D and PLF (Premium Large Format) formats; “When you have 51% of the weekend driven by PLF, Imax and 3D, movie theaters exist for a movie like Doctor Strange. It’s a testament to the real artistry here, as the movie uses every ounce of available technology to introduce something that hasn’t been seen,”
So, a success? Most definitely. Does this mean we will see Doctor Strange again? Most certainly, in fact we will see him much sooner than perhaps thought. While Dr. Stephen V. Strange was originally planned to be one of the original, core characters before Iron Man took that honor, and though he’s been referred to and seeding via maps and Easter eggs throughout the MCU, we haven’t truly seen him until now. But now that he is here, expect to see a lot more of the Sorcerer Supreme. In fact, look to Thor: Ragnarok for his next outing. Then, head over to this comicbooked article (follow the link) to find out what Director Scott Derrickson might have planned for Doctor Strange 2.
So, would you like to hear my thoughts on the movie, a review if you will? Check out my video review on my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KVYhvgT6NE
Per Comscore.Com, the weekend box office estimates, ranked best movie outing to the 12th are as follows:
- Doctor Strange – Disney – $85.0M
- Trolls – 20th Century Fox – $45.6M
- Hacksaw Ridge – Lionsgate – $14.8M
- Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween – Lionsgate – $7.8M
- Inferno – Sony – $6.2M
- Accountant, The – Warner Bros. – $6.0M
- Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – Paramount – $5.6M
- Ouija: Origin Of Evil – Universal – $4.0M
- Girl On The Train, The – Universal – $2.8M
- Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – 20th Century Fox – $2.1M
- Moonlight – A24 – $1.3M
- Keeping Up With The Joneses – 20th Century Fox – $1.1M