Los Angeles, US | Xinhua | Disney’s presentation of Marvel’s superhero film “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” took the top spot at the North American box office on its debut weekend with a three-day estimate of 185 million U.S. dollars, according to studio figures released by measurement firm Comscore on Sunday.
It’s the biggest opening weekend of any film released in North America so far this year and the second best of the COVID-19 pandemic era, only after another superhero film “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which opened with a massive 260 million dollars at the end of last year.
Based on Marvel Comics featuring the character Doctor Strange, the blockbuster is the sequel to 2016’s “Doctor Strange.” Directed by Sam Raimi, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the title role, along with Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Xochitl Gomez.
Hollywood and U.S. news outlets applauded the film’s successful debut.
The film “showcases the global demand for big-screen events, premium formats, and shared experiences in a movie theater,” Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at the Boxoffice website, was quoted as saying by CNBC. ■