After five weeks in theaters across the globe, “Doctor Strange” is still working its magic on theaters.
The Marvel film has grossed $616 million worldwide, surpassing the lifetime hauls of “The Incredible Hulk” ($263 million), “Captain America: The First Avenger” ($371 million), “Thor” ($449 million), “Ant-Man” ($520 million) and “Iron Man” ($585 million). That makes “Doctor Strange” the biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe debut for a single character.
Deadline notes it’s the ninth Marvel Studios film to pass the $600 million global milestone.
This weekend alone, the Benedict Cumberbatch film added $13.4 million to its North American tally, and $9.8 million overseas. In addition, it can still look forward to a Jan. 27 premiere in Japan.
Domestically, “Doctor Strange” has earned just north of $205 million, passing “The Incredible Hulk,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Ant-Man” and “Thor,” and is within easy reach of “Thor: The Dark World’s” $206.4 million.
Directed by Scott Derrickson, “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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