‘Doctor Strange,’ a rare fall release from Marvel, is looking at a big opening weekend

10.13.16 2 months ago

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Doctor Strange is going to make a ton of money, are you surprised? You're not. Trust me.

Based on new tracking data procured by Deadline, the Scott Derrickson-directed Marvel adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch is on track for an opening weekend take somewhere between $55-$75 million — a wide range, admittedly, but a very good range to be in.

While coming in at the lower end of that scale would put Doctor Strange in line with the relatively-underwhelming $57 million opening of 2015's Ant-Man, keep in mind that Ant-Man made over $519 million worldwide and was, like every other MCU film thus far, a rousing commercial success. With the possible exception of 2008's The Incredible Hulk — which made a measly $263 worldwide off a steep $150 million budget — there simply isn't a flop in the bunch.

Incidentally, the only other MCU film to open in the fall was 2013's Thor: The Dark World, which — while not especially beloved by critics or fans — went on to gross over $644 million globally on the unshakable strength of the Marvel brand.

As Deadline notes, opening-weekend estimates will likely increase as Doctor Strange's release date grows closer. Tickets for the film went on sale Monday.

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