Heading into its third weekend at the box office, Doctor Strange continues its hot streak as it passes $500 Million worldwide. This includes its domestic take of $159 Million, as well as an international haul of $341 Million. This already puts it ahead of several phase one films, including Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Incredible Hulk.
It also places it right on the heels of Ant-Man‘s final gross of $519 Million worldwide, which it should have no trouble at all surpassing this weekend. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, another magic-heavy blockbuster, being released in most major markets this weekend, Doctor Strange‘s impressive run should begin to slow down, but a $700 Million final worldwide gross is still very much a possibility. Reaching that milestone would place Doctor Strange right around the halfway point in the MCU, stealing the number 7 spot from Thor: The Dark World and falling behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier by just $14 Million.
The first few weekends of Doctor Strange‘s run have been especially impressive when compared to other MCU solo-movies. Doctor Strange is the second fastest non-teamup movie to reach $150 Million domestic, beating out every movie except the first Iron Man. Its 49% drop between its first and second weekend is also lower than any of the previous 10 MCU films and by far the best drop-off of any Superhero movie of 2016. For comparison, Deadpool dropped 57% its second weekend, Captain America: Civil War fell by 59%, X-Men: Apocalypse by 65%, and DC’s two 2016 superhero outings Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell a whopping 67% and 69%, respectively.
All this being said, it’s safe to call Doctor Strange a bona fide hit, and the only question that remains is, “How high can it go?”