Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Boom! “Doctor Strange” Takes Record $90 Mil Opening, Heads for $200 Mil Weekend


Nothing strange about “Doctor Strange.”

The Marvel-Disney blockbuster took in $54 mil Friday night, making its opening total $90 mil including previews.

The total should be around $200 million.

The first “Doctor Strange” did a fraction of that in 2016.

Word of mouth is strong and so are the reviews. “Doctor Strange” is a good movie. As directed by Sam Raimi, it’s fun, makes its own kind of sense, is easy to follow, and has exciting special effects.

Not only that, but the acting is top notch for this kind of film. Elisabeth Olsen is wonderful as Wanda/The Scarlet Witch. Benedict Cumberbatch, who should be getting Oscars in serious movies, is sensational here. And Benedict Wong is a standout as Wong, Doctor Strange’s wing man. And let’s not forget Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This might be the classiest casting ever for a Marvel film.

Kevin Feige strikes again!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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