LOS ANGELES – Dr. Strange and his multi-universe are stuck at the top of the box office over the weekend while Tom Cruise and Top Gun wait on their wings.

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in a Multi-World of Madness” became the most lucrative film of the weekend for the third week in a row, bringing in $ 31.6 million in 4,534 North American theaters, according to the studio’s estimates on Sunday.

“Downtown Abbey: A New Era” made a strong show for Focus Features with $ 16 million in 3,820 cinemas, but there was no real blockbuster competition for “Doctor Strange”.

That will change with the long-awaited and long-delayed release of “Top Gun: Maverick,” a sequel to be released next week on Remembrance Day weekend, 36 years after the original hit and cultural landmark.

He flies amidst the hype.

On Wednesday, Cruz held a film festival in Cannes (France) with a stormy appearance at the European premiere of the film, which included a flight of French fighters and the honorary award “Palme d’Or”.


But while the world waits, “Dr. Strange in the Multiworld of Madness” has surpassed the $ 800 million mark in worldwide box office, surpassing “Batman” and becoming the highest grossing film of the year.

Released by Walt Disney Co. and directed by Sam Raimi, “Dr. Strange 2” became Marvel’s first film since “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” in which the sorcerer Benedict Cumberbatch played a key role.

It also draws on the popular Disney + series “Wandavision” and contains a number of episodes that fans didn’t want to spoil.

Third and fourth place went to Holder’s family films “Bad Guys” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”. Universal’s “bad guys” added $ 6.1 million in the fifth week. Sonic 2 earned $ 3.9 million in its seventh.

Alex Garland’s popular horror thriller “Men” has brought $ 3.3 million to the production company and distributor A24.


Meanwhile, “Everything Everywhere All Atte” still remains strong even after nine weeks of release. The A24 film earned an additional $ 3.3 million, only 6% less than the previous weekend, bringing total revenue to $ 47 million.

According to Comscore, the approximate ticket sales from Friday to Sunday in US and Canadian cinemas. The final internal figures will be released on Monday.

1. “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” $ 31.6 million.

2. “Downtown Abbey: A New Era,” $ 16 million.

3. “Bad Guys,” $ 6.1 million.

4. “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”, $ 3.9 million.

5. “Men”, $ 3.3 million.

6. “Everything is everywhere and at once,” $ 3.1 million.

7. “Fantastic Monsters: Dumbledore’s Secrets”, $ 1.9 million.

8. “Firestarter”, $ 1.9 million.

9. “Lost City,” $ 1.5 million.

10. “North”, $ 1 million.


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