Doctor Strange’s quest to become the most successful stand alone Marvel Cinematic Universe movie has just taken a huge boost as it has surpassed Ant-Man at the box office.
This weekend Doctor Strange’s box office total has risen to a huge $571 million,and having only been released three weeks ago, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s introduction to the Sorcerer Supreme has got plenty of steam left in it.
Ant-Man was of course seen as a more light-hearted Marvel Studio’s release, and although audiences were generally positively surprised at the quality of a film that contained a character they might not have been all that familiar with, as well as the lack of an appearance from one of the MCU A-listers (sorry Falcon, you’re not quite there yet). This means that the success of Ant-Man could have of course contributed to the success of Doctor Strange. Audiences now know that these stand-alone Marvel movies about a lesser known character can be executed extremely well, which might be why everyone has been more willing to head out to see Doctor Strange despite the November release date rather than Ant-Man’s July release in 2015.
This does also raise the conversation of a Doctor Strange sequel. Given that Ant-Man is all set for a sequel in the coming years, you’d have to assume this means we’ll be getting a sequel to Doctor Strange too due to the impressive box office so far.
‘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 is currently playing in theaters everywhere.