Doctor Strange, Marvel’s first foray into the supernatural side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, opened with a robust $32.6 million on its first day of release. This total also includes $9.4 million in Thursday previews.
As reported by Seth Kelly of Variety, the film’s estimated weekend “…would put “Doctor Strange” ahead of other Marvel film openings like “Thor” ($65.7 million) and “Ant-Man” ($57.2 million), but behind characters with higher name-recognition like 2008’s “Iron Man” ($98.6 million) and, of course, films that band together multiple heroes like “Marvel’s The Avengers” ($207.4 million). Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Doctor Strange” is posting numbers that most closely align with 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World” ($85.7 million). Last time this year the Bond film “Spectre” topped the box office with $70 million.”
This is certainly good news for fans of Marvel’s darker side. Horror News Network speculated last March that the success of Doctor Strange may open the door to the supernatural realm traditionally found in such comics as Ghost Rider, Son of Satan, Blade, and the Midnight Sons family of titles of the mid-90’s. With Ghost Rider currently starring on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and a Doctor Strange film tracking for a $70 million plus weekend, Marvel fans can only hope that this side of the MCU will be expanded upon.