It may be falling down the charts following the arrival of Moana and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but Marvel is celebrating another box office milestone for Doctor Strange this weekend, with the film pushing its global haul to $616 million.
The Benedict Cumberbatch-headlined blockbuster has now surpassed the original Iron Man ($585 million) to become Marvel’s biggest single hero origin story, and is fast closing in on the $623.9 million haul of Iron Man 2. It should also pass Thor: The Dark World’s $644.6 million by close of play next weekend, and may even have enough in the tank to catch Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s $714.3 million before its run is up.
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Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.
Doctor Strange sees Scott Derrickson (Sinister) directing a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as Baron Mordo, Benedict Wong (The Martian) as Wong, Rachel McAdams (True Detective) as Christine Palmer, Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) as Kaecilius, Benjamin Bratt (The Infiltrator) as Jonathan Pangborn and Scott Adkins (Ninja: Shadow of a Tear) as Lucian.