‘Doctor Strange’ is already a box-office hit
USA – Far easier to predict than a presidential election are the chances of a different prominent November candidate: “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, should win its top seat handily at the American box office this weekend. And perhaps the best bellwether so far occurred over Halloween weekend: Disney/Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” grossed $86 million overseas, upon opening in 33 foreign markets. That international debut, Disney told Variety, was nearly 50 percent ahead of “Ant-Man’s” early tracking and 37 percent ahead of “Guardians of the Galaxy” — both commercial hits that relied on audiences embracing lesser-known Marvel characters, which bodes well for Doc Strange. Amid that impressive take, “Doctor Strange” grossed $7.8 million from Imax screens — the highest-grossing October international debut from Imax receipts, Entertainment Weekly reports. And “Strange” has yet to open in such large markets as Brazil, China, Japan and Russia.