Doctor Strange opened to a far better-than-expected $85 million from 3,882 theaters at the North American box office, adding another franchise to the expanding Marvel Studios and Disney superhero universe and putting the movie’s early global total at a magical $325.4 million.
Overseas, the pic earned another $118.7 million this weekend – including $44.3 million in China, the top debut for the first installment in any superhero series – for a foreign cume of $240.4 million after debuting in select markets a week ahead of its U.S. debut. Prerelease tracking in North America suggested the event film would open between $65 million-$70 million.
Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the lesser-known superhero Stephen Strange, gives Disney five of the 10 top openings of 2016 so far and is another coup for Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige and Disney’s marketing team. It also beat…