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

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

Marvel superhero Part Two earned $16.7 million on Friday from 4,534 sites, down 81% from its massive opening-day credit of $90 million a week earlier. As with most Marvel Cinematic Universe entries, Strange 2 reveals itself as a big box office hit, although there’s not much on the May release slate that seems to spark a lot of competition except for Focus Features’ Downtown Abbey: A New Era Next week and “Top Gun: The Dissident” by Paramount on 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 Marvel Studios’ second-year weekend dips, although by starting with the 11th largest domestic debut ever, there’s 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. diverseThe sequel review described it as “both entertaining and exhausting”, with Owen Gleiberman calling it “an unexpected journey, a CGI horror jam, a Marvel mind-blowing contest and, in some moments, a bit of an ordeal.”

Meanwhile, Universal’s “Firestarter” movie didn’t. Although the Stephen King adaptation is the only new wide release this weekend, the movie didn’t take off at the box office. “Firestarter” is eyeing the fourth spot on the local charts with a projected 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. diverseGleiberman wrote that “everything playing 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’s The Bad Guys should take second place on the local 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.

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