Marvel has been playing it fairly safe with its formula, taking only incremental risks at times. With Scott Derrickson’s “Doctor Strange” they tried some trippy visuals as a counter balance to what has been criticised for being an otherwise fairly plain visual look to the MCU films.
The result was that even in mixed reviews the visuals were praised. More importantly though audiences were intrigued enough that the film has just broken a record.
As of this weekend, ‘Strange’ has grossed $616 million worldwide – $205 million of that being domestic. That global haul has now surpassed the first “Iron Man” at $585 million to become the highest grossing debut solo movie in the MCU.
It’s NOT the highest debut for a standalone franchise in the MCU, that honor belongs to “Guardians of the Galaxy” with $773 million worldwide, but it is easily ahead of the likes of “Ant-Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “The Incredible Hulk” as well as “Iron Man”.
“Doctor Strange” still has yet to open in Japan and has a few more weeks of life left to it around the world. Disney recently crossed $6 billion at the global box office for the year and with “Moana” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to come, it looks to break an all-time studio record.
Source: Box-Office Mojo