‘Doctor Strange’ stays atop box office as ‘Top Gun’ looms – KION546

By ANDREW DALTON
AP Entertainment Editor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doctor Strange and His Multiverse may have lingered a little longer at the weekend box office as Tom Cruise and “Top Gun” wait in the wings.

Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ was the weekend’s highest-grossing movie for the third week in a row, grossing $31.6 million in 4,534 North American theaters, according to studio estimates released Sunday. .

“Downtown Abbey: A New Era” made a good debut for Focus Features with $16 million from 3,820 theaters, but there was no real blockbuster competition for “Doctor Strange.”

That’s about to change with the long-awaited and long-delayed release of “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel arriving next week over Memorial Day weekend, 36 years after the original hit and cultural landmark.

It flies amidst a dizzying hype.

Cruise rocked the film festival in Cannes, France, on Wednesday with a whirlwind appearance for the film’s European premiere that included a flyby of French fighter jets and an honorary Palme d’Or.

But while the world waits, ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ broke the $800 million mark in worldwide grossing, surpassing ‘The Batman’ to become the highest-grossing film of the year.

Released by Walt Disney Co. and directed by Sam Raimi, “Doctor Strange 2” benefited from being the first Marvel movie to follow “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” in which Benedict Cumberbatch’s wizard played a central role. .

It also builds on the popular Disney+ series “Wandavision” and contains a number of cameos that fans didn’t want to spoil.

Holdover family films “The Bad Guys” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” took third and fourth place. Universal’s “The Bad Guys” added $6.1 million in its fifth week. “Sonic 2” grossed $3.9 million in its seventh.

Director Alex Garland’s folk horror thriller “Men” has grossed $3.3 million for production and distribution company A24.

Meanwhile, “Everything Everywhere All At Once” is still going strong even after nine weeks of release. The A24 film took in an additional $3.3 million, down just 6% from the previous weekend, bringing its total box office receipts to $47 million.

Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final national figures will be released on Monday.

1. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” $31.6 million.

2. “Downtown Abbey: A New Era,” $16 million.

3. “The Bad Guys,” $6.1 million.

4. “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” $3.9 million.

5. “Men”, $3.3 million.

6. “Everything, everywhere, all at once”, $3.1 million.

7. ‘Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets’, $1.9 million.

8. “Firestarter”, $1.9 million.

9. “The Lost City,” $1.5 million.

10. “The Northman,” $1 million.

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