‘Doctor Strange’ stays atop US box office

by AFP / Pic source: marvel.com

Marvel and Disney’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” saw a sharp drop-off this weekend from its blockbuster opening, but still reported US$61 million (RM258.06 million) in estimated ticket sales to top North America’s box office, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said on Sunday.

The superhero sequel, again starring Benedict Cumberbatch, had opened last weekend to a year’s best US$187 million. It has now earned US$292 million domestically and an additional US$396 million abroad for a global total of US$688 million.

Far behind in second place for the Friday-through-Sunday period was Universal’s animated action-comedy “The Bad Guys”. The DreamWorks Animation production, with a voice cast led by Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina and Anthony Ramos, took in US$6.9 million.

In third for the second straight weekend was Paramount’s family-friendly “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” at US$4.6 million. “Firestarter”, a new release from Universal based on the Stephen King horror-thriller, took in US$3.8 million, a disappointing opening for a major-studio thriller.

It stars Zac Efron (the onetime “High School Musical” heartthrob) and Sydney Lemmon (of “Fear the Walking Dead” fame) as parents who have been trying to hide daughter Ryan Kiera Armstrong from a shadowy federal agency that wants to use her, um, matchless ability to start fires using only her mind.

The film has received a dismal 12% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website, in sharp contrast to the fifth-place film, A24’s sci-fi yarn “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, which scored 96% on the site and earned US$3.3 million in its eighth weekend out.

Michelle Yeoh stars in “Everything” as a beleaguered laundromat owner who must resolve some messy family issues, while doing existential battle in a bizarre and chaotic multiverse.