Doctor Strange Beats Iron Man as Best Standalone Marvel Film
Doctor Strange continues to weave its magic around the world. The mind-bending film has just surpassed Iron Man’s numbers, placing the doctor in a rarefied field. The question now is how far can his magic reach?
For the past few years, Iron Man was the undisputed king of the superhero box-office. Tony Stark’s debut film grossed $585 million in 2008 and launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This was followed by Thor, which raked in $449 million and Captain America: The First Avenger, which grossed $370 million.
However, Doctor Strange has set the bar higher. According to an IGN report, the movie’s worldwide earnings is now at $616 million. It also holds the distinction of being the number one single-character introduction in the MCU. Unfortunately, it still doesn’t hold a candle to Guardians of the Galaxy which is still sitting prettily at the top of the box office with $773 million.
Doctor Strange Is In A World Of Its Own
The movie’s success is all the sweeter because of the initial skepticism that greeted it. A lot of eyebrows were raised with Benedict Cumberbatch’s casting as the Sorcerer Supreme. And who can forget the barrage of criticisms that hit the film when it was revealed that Tilda Swinton would be playing the Ancient One?
Despite the complaints of Asian whitewashing, the movie had an impressive run in the region. It raked in $109.6 million in China alone. The film also did good business in the UK, Russia and Brazil.
It’s been said that the Cumberbatch effect was a big factor in the film’s success. After all, the actor’s chameleon-like skill had people accepting him as an irascible detective, a spy, a code breaker and even a Dragon. But credit should also be given to director Scott Derickson for his vision and cinematography, which made Doctor Strange one of the most visually arresting films in the history of Hollywood.
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