Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures’ American superhero film, Doctor Strange opened in theaters across North America on November 4, 2016, in 3D and IMAX 3D.

The fourteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) grossed $9.4 million from Thursday night previews.

MCU’s Opening Night previews comparison:

Avengers: Age of Ultron – $27.6m preview ($191.27m opening)
Captain America: Civil War – $25m preview ($179.14m opening)
Marvel’s The Avengers – $18.7m from midnight screenings ($207.44m opening)
Iron Man 3 – $15.6m preview ($174.14m opening)
Guardians of the Galaxy – $11.2m preview ($94.32m opening)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $10.3m preview ($95.02m opening)
Doctor Strange – $9.4m preview (—)
Iron Man 2 – $7.5m from midnight screenings ($128.12m opening)
Thor: The Dark World – $7.1m preview ($85.74m opening)
Ant-Man – $6.4m preview ($57.23m opening)
Captain America: The First Avenger – $4m from midnight screenings ($65.06m opening)
Thor – $3.25m from midnight screenings ($65.72m opening)
Iron Man – $1.7m from midnight screenings ($98.6m opening)
The Incredible Hulk – $1.6m from midnight screenings ($55.4m opening)

According to non-Disney estimates, Doctor Strange is projected to earn between $50–75 million in its opening weekend in North America.

Outside North America, The film earned $87.7 million in its opening weekend from 33 markets, becoming the top film in all markets except Lithuania and Finland.

The film’s gross from international markets as follows: Korea $22.2m, UK $15.0m, France $8.6m, Russia $8.5m, Germany $7.5m, Mexico $7.4m, Australia $6.9m, Taiwan $5.5m, Indonesia $4.8m, Hong Kong $4.5m, Italy $4.4m, Philippines $4.0m, Spain $3.5m, Thailand $3.5m, Malaysia $3.3m, Brazil $3.3m – $132.9 million in total at the international box office.

Weekend forecast:

  • Doctor Strange (3,882 theaters) – $85.0 M
  • Trolls (4,060 theaters) – $36.0 M
  • Hacksaw Ridge (2,880 theaters) – $16 M
  • Boo! A Madea Halloween (2,234 theaters) – $7.7 M
  • Inferno (3,576 theaters) – $7.3 M
  • The Accountant (2,688 theaters) – $4.8 M
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (3,079 theaters) – $4.4 M
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil (2,376 theaters) – $3.3 M
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (1,710 theaters) – $2.3 M
  • The Girl on the Train (1,566 theaters) – $2.2 M

Directed by Scott Derrickson, who wrote the screenplay with C. Robert Cargill from a story by the duo and Jon Spaihts.

It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, Benedict Wong as Wong, Amy Landecker as Dr. Bruner, Scott Adkins as Lucian, Benjamin Bratt as Jonathan Pangborn.

“Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions.

Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.”

Doctor Strange will release in China today and on January 27 in Japan.

Doctor Strange Dominates Box Office With $9.4 Million On Thursday 1
Doctor Strange Dominates Box Office With $9.4 Million On Thursday 2

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