Doctor Strange continues to be a big hit for Marvel Studios, as the latest box office report has the film officially surpassing Thor: The Dark World to become Marvel Studios' seventh highest grossing film!
There have been 14 MCU films so far, placing Doctor Strange square in the middle of the pack in terms of box office gross. We already reported that Doctor Strange is Marvel's biggest solo character debut film ever, which may place it on top of Guardians of the Galaxy in terms of being the biggest dark horse success story the studio has produced.
Doctor Strange wasn't a character that most people were begging to see onscreen; director Scott Derrickson stepped in and made something unique that audiences hadn't really seen before, while still managing to honor the character's comic book history. Despite some heavy criticisms about things like "whitewashing" the character of The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), the film managed to stand on its own merits and got the proper word of mouth that sent viewers all over the world into the theater for the experience.
At $222 million domestically and $425 million overseas (for $647 million total) Doctor Strange is yet another victory for Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige. It is big victory for fans as well: the Marvel cosmos, magic, and multiverse are now all established, and the movies that play in those sandboxes are some of Marvel's biggest hits. The full scope of the Marvel Universe is now not only a possibility but a lucrative opportunity: that's good news for fans.
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. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey.
The cast features Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Into Darkness, The Imitation Game), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale), and Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel).
The film is directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Derrickson, Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), and C. Robert Cargill (Sinister).
Marvel's Doctor Strange is produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.
Doctor Strange is now in theaters; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; and Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019.