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Box office: ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Second Weekend Beats ‘Firestarter’

The sorcerer continues to dominate the plurality of North American madness. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” should top the domestic box office in its second weekend.

Marvel’s standalone sequel to Marvel’s superheroes earned $16.7 million Friday from 4,534 sites, an 81% drop from Huge opening day of $90 million Last week’s tally. As with most Marvel Cinematic Universe entries, Strange 2 reveals itself as a major box office, although there isn’t much on the May release slate that seems to spark a lot of competition except for the focus features “Downtown Abbey: A New Era.” next week and “Top Gun: The Dissident” at Paramount Memorial Day Weekend.

After an expected drop from the die-hard opening day tally, the “Multiverse of Madness” should balance out to around 67% a drop over the weekend. This is on the steeper side of the weekend dips in the second year of Marvel Studios entry, despite starting with The eleventh ever domestic debut There is nowhere to go from there but down.

Disney announced Friday that “Strange 2” has crossed $550 million worldwide in just nine days. The movie should cross the $300 million GDP mark sometime over the next week.

Directed by Sam Raimi, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the superhero alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Zuchitl Gomez. diverseReview The sequel was described as “both entertaining and exhausting”, with Owen Gleiberman calling it “an unexpected journey, a CGI horror jam, a Marvel mind-bending quiz and, in some moments, a bit of ordeal.”

Meanwhile, Universal’s”fire starterNo. Although Stephen King’s adaptation is the only new wide release this weekend, the movie has yet to take off at the box office. Firestarter is eyeing fourth on the domestic charts with an expected arc of $3.57 million from 3,412 locations.

The film doesn’t have many positive impressions on its part, scoring a dismal 15% approval rating from critics for Rotten Tomatoes and a somewhat dismissive “C-” score from Cinema Score’s overall moviegoers. diverseGleibermann He wrote that “everything played like ‘Logan’ was done in the worst, drab, no-rhythm general style made for live broadcasts.” And with Universal choosing to release “Firestarter” today and date for the first time on streaming service Peacock, audiences have even less reason to bring the horror movie to theaters.

Directed by Keith Thomas, “Firestarter” stars Zac Efron as the father of a girl (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) who has the ability to create flames with her mind. Also co-stars are Sidney Lemon, Courtwood Smith, John Beasley, Michael Gray and Gloria Rubin.

The fourth weekend of Universal The Bad Guys should take second place in the domestic charts. The DreamWorks Animation heist looks set to bring in a massive 30% drop in philanthropy for the weekend, likely taking advantage of the dearth of family-friendly films in theaters right now. Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is facing a slight 30% drop in its sixth weekend, and it continues to attract youngsters and parents.

Rounding out the top five is the “everything everywhere at once” of the A24, which appears to be losing 11% of its previous ride. The movie will have raised more than $45 million in North America after today. Should actress Michelle Yeoh continue to keep it impressive the way she was — and why not? So “everything everywhere” should surpass $50 million in “uncut gems” to become the highest-grossing domestic version of the A24 ever.