Newt Scamander may have vanquished Stephen Strange from his perch atop the North American box office, but the Master of the Mystic Arts isn’t finished weaving his magic.
Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” earned $26 million overseas this weekend and another $17.7 million in the United States, bringing its worldwide haul to $571.5 million. That propels the Scott Derrickson film well past “Ant-Man’s” $519.3 million total, and places it within striking distance of “Iron Man’s” $585 million.
In China, “Doctor Strange” has already earned $103.2 million, becoming only the sixth Hollywood film to cross the $100-million milestone in that country in 2016. It’s already surpassed the totals there of “Ant-Man,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme will also receive a box-office boost when the film opens Jan. 27 in Japan.
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, “Doctor Strange” follows the story of world-renowned surgeon Stephen Strange, whose life changes following a career-ending car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he searches for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He soon learns the people there are at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces determined to destroy reality.
The film also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton.
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