‘Doc­tor Strange’ al­ready a hit, say over­seas au­di­ences

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

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.

Amid that im­pres­sive take, “Doc­tor Strange” grossed $7.8 mil­lion from Imax screens — the high­est­gross­ing 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.

Sur­geon-turned-sor­cerer Dr. Stephen Strange was cre­ated, of course, by the great Steve Ditko — and first ap­peared in 1963 in Mar­vel’s “Strange Tales.”

The film co-stars Chi­we­tel Ejio­for and Rachel McAdams.

DIS­NEY, MAR­VEL

Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch stars in “Doc­tor Strange.”

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