Somewhere in all those ancient mystical teachings that Strange consumed is the ancient art of printing money, and Doctor Strange certainly took that teaching to heart.
Marvel's latest addition to their cinematic universe has been a big hit with audiences, and as of today has already crossed the $500 million mark, with over $159 million of that being domestic (via Box Office Mojo). Fans were aware the film might have some sprightly legs thanks to Doctor Strange only falling by 49% in its second week, a feat that the last 10 Marvel Studio releases couldn't replicate.
It's also impressive that out of all the nonteam films (including movies like Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy), Doctor Strange is the second fastest at reaching $150 million here in the states, second only to the original Iron Man. As it stands, it's over $341 million international box office has already surpassed films like the aforementioned Iron Man ($266 million), Thor ($268 million), Iron Man 2 ($310 million), and Ant-Man ($339 million).
From Marvel Studios 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.
Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, and Scott Adkins, with Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Scott Derrickson is directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill wrote the screenplay.
Doctor Strange is in theaters now, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017. Next up is Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7, 2017, with Thor: Ragnarok landing on November 3, 2017. Black Panther debuts on February 16, 2018, followed by the eagerly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War on May 4, 2018. Ant-Man and the Wasp hits on July 6, 2018, with Captain Marvel finally hitting theaters on March 8, 2019.
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