Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has surpassed Robert Pattinson’s The Batman at the global box office.
On its third weekend, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness topped the box office again. The film raked in $31.6 million, bringing the domestic total to around $342.1 million while the global numbers are now at $803.2 million, bringing its total past Robert Pattinson’s The Batman, which grossed $768.5 million.
With the success of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, this puts both Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong in the unique position of appearing in the two highest-grossing films during the pandemic era. Both actors also appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which broke many box office records.
It’s clear that the pandemic damaged the movie theater industry significantly. Over the last two years, fears regarding its future arose, especially with streaming becoming a top priority for studios. However, the success of films such as Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, Robert Pattinson’s The Batman, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are bringing life back to the multiplex. And with the success of such tentpoles, that can also lead to the financing of other types of films both big and small.
Given that both Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Pattinson are also some of the most acclaimed actors of our time, the fact that they work in both the big superhero films and smaller awards-worthy films showcase an opportunity for comic book fans to check out their work elsewhere. Besides, the Stephen Strange character has probably led at least some Marvel fans give something like The Power of the Dog a chance. Or in the case of The Batman, more audiences will look at films like Good Time and The Lighthouse.
Here is the synopsis for the new MCU film:
The MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.
Directed by Sam Raimi from a script written by Michael Waldron, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams, and Patrick Stewart.
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