‘Doctor Strange’ Passes ‘Iron Man’ As Marvel’s Highest-Grossing Single Character Debut

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Kevin Feige made it clear throughout the years that Doctor Strange was a key element to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even comparing his importance at times to that of Iron Man‘s in kickstarting the universe. Well, as it turns out, Marvel’s plan has been successful as the new movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Stephen Strange, has passed Robert Downy Jr’s infamous Tony Stark as the highest-grossing single character debut to date.

In its first month, Doctor Strange has surpassed $616 million worldwide in ticket sales, which has already beaten Iron Man by $31 million. Iron Man‘s entire run brought in $585 million.

Iron Man has knocked out Ant-Man, the previous second place holder, which brought in $518 million. Although Doctor Strange now holds the record within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, way back in 2002 Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man (produced by Sony) set the still unbroken record for a Marvel inspired single character debut at $822 million. If Doctor Strange keeps up in the direction it’s been going, we will most likely see it pass even Spider-Man.

Although Iron Man has been bested, its sequels Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 brought in $624 million and an insane $1.2 billion respectively. If this trend continues, Doctor Strange sequels are bound to make a fortune.

Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

Are you excited to hear Doctor Strange is doing so well? Make sure to let us know below in the comments.

Doctor Strange is currently playing in theaters world wide.

Source: Deadline

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Josh Behr

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  • Maxi Iroh

    “If Doctor Strange keeps up in the direction it’s been going, we will most likely see it pass even Spider-Man.”
    Judging by the opening, i wouldn’t say so, not even GotG did went that high, it will probably stop in the mid $700s.

    • I think it has a real shot. Keep in mind the higher IMAX ticket prices compared to 2002, it’s already done 300x what it needs to pass ‘Spider-Man’ in its first month.

      • Steve Steve

        But, Doctor Strange has surrendered all of its Imax screens…

        Also, May and November have completely different release cycles. If Doctor Strange continues along the performance of Thor 2, it will finish around $225 domestically. It is holding better than Thor 2, so $230-235 is an appropriate projection. Internationally, DS did less than $10 million this weekend. There won’t be more than $25 million left in the current territories and there is only Japan yet to open.

        The most optimistic projection in the current territories would be $670 million combined. Japan would have to produce $150+ million to push Doctor Strange past Spider-Man. It is possible, but incredibly unlikely.

      • Steve Steve

        Also, this statement is inaccurate, or terribly miss-worded:

        Iron Man has knocked out Ant-Man, the previous second place holder, which brought in $518 million.

        Iron Man was the first Marvel Studios film, opening long before Ant-Man. Perhaps you meant, “Doctor Strange has knocked out Ant-Man…”

        • Iron Man is now the second place holder, taking the spot from Ant-Man which is now in third.

          Doctor Strange knocked out Iron Man, which in turn knocked out Ant-Man. The statement is completely accurate.

          • Steve Steve

            Except the sentence communicates that all three numbers are moving. They aren’t. Only Doctor Strange is moving. Therefore Doctor Strange pushed Ant-Man out of second, then pushed Iron Man out of first. “Iron Man” cannot associate with a verb, because “Iron Man” is taking no action.

          • I keep rereading the sentence to see where you’re coming from but it is quite clear. I’m sorry you misread it, but the sentence makes perfect sense.

    • Steve Steve

      Mid $700s would be a challenge. The current numbers suggest a final below $700 million.

    • SAMURAI36

      So I’m willing to admit that it passed my prediction. Which was $550M. We’ll see if it goes much higher than that.

  • Peter James

    >>>”Although Iron Man has been bested, its sequels Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 brought in $624 million and an insane $1.2 billion respectively. If this trend continues, Doctor Strange sequels are bound to make a fortune.”

    Yeaah…..that’s not how that works.

    Just because one did well to open and this one has done better doesn’t necessarily follow that this one will likewise have sequels that will do even better (or even as well).

    That’s simplistic logic at its finest.

    • Marquis de Sade

      But they’re talkin’ bout MARVEL. Each of their sequels thus far have outperformed its predecessor by over 90% or more (with the exception of The Avengers: AOU, which did $1.4 billion as opposed to its predecessor’s $1.5 billion), but why quibble when we talkin’ that kinda’ Cheddar?

      • Steve Steve

        AOU was a considerably weaker film, yet actually improved its international box office (only because of China tho…)

    • I think it’s a very safe bet that ‘Doctor Strange’ sequels are going to make a fortune.

      • SAMURAI36

        BTW, this is the kind of article that I wish we’d see more of on HH:


        Some real, objective analysis, instead of these trivial, TMZ-style blurbs that anyone with a Twitter account can find out on their own.

        I get that you guys are fan-boy’ing out & all, but it’d be nice to see some journalism around here for a change.

        • Are you willing to be the one to cut us a paycheck for that level of “journalism”?

      • SAMURAI36

        So that’s what this has been about; mediocrity & bias is pro-bono? That’s your excuse? Ever watch college sports? But perhaps you should talk to your EIC about compensation. From what I hear, he’s getting a paycheck from his new employer.

        But just bear in mind, that not all good journalists & bloggers are getting paid. Some of us write well, for the love of writing, & don’t let our fanboyism obstruct our skill, but rather fuel it.

    • Steve Steve

      Doctor Strange is extremely well received, as was Iron Man. Iron Man 2 was inferior to its predecessor, but generated more at the box-office. It is not simplistic logic to say that Doctor Strange 2 is likely to follow the same path. (and be more successful, not necessarily worse in quality)

      Some more examples:
      Thor 2 was inferior to Thor 1, yet increased substantially. Cap 2 was superior to Cap 1 and increased even more substantially. Avengers 2 was inferior to Avengers 1, yet increased overseas. Iron Man 3 and Cap 3 were gigantic films that showed massive increases from their predecessors. Transformers 2 was inferior to Transformers 1, yet increased substantially. Despicable Me 2 was inferior to Despicable Me 2, yet increased substantially. GOTG 2 is projected to increase substantially from GOTG 1. I could go on…

  • Carl

    Amazing! I wonder if Sammy and Napy are man enough to admit how wrong they were about Dr. Strange or are they still in denial?

    • Axxell

      It wouldn’t be the first time they’re in denial…

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    • Rob

      Sammy is busy working on his “Bat v Superman was a massive hit because it didn’t gross a billion dollars” rants into “Dr. Strange is a massive failure because it didn’t gross a billion dollars”.

  • Steve Steve

    Whoever did the Photoshop at the top deserves high-fives and a raise. That is an awesome pic! Hire this person Marvel!!!