"Doctor Strange," Marvel Studios latest box-office superhero, proved the hit-maker's magic touch is as powerful as ever.
The story about surgeon Stephen Strange's journey to become the Marvel Universe's Sorcerer Supreme falls into the camp of lesser-known comic book franchises. But as the space adventure "Guardians of the Galaxy" and superhero-heist movie mashup "Ant-Man" have proven, Marvel packed in moviegoers in droves, with "Doctor Strange" earning around $84 million in its weekend run.
The movie has a 90 percent "Fresh" rating on the movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes after more than 200 critics weighed in. That makes it one of the top four best reviewed Marvel Studios film ever. Marvel and its parent company Walt Disney are no doubt hoping the positive press helps sell tickets.
The film already pulled in nearly $133 million in its first week overseas and took in $9.4 million at the U.S. box office on Thursday night alone.