Sunday, November 6, 2016

By popular demand, 'Doctor Strange' tops the box office

As I posted in Fall back tonight, even if it may not be good for you, either, I asked my readers on this blog's Facebook page what I should write about for this Sunday's Entertainment entry.  "[S]hould I write about the latest movie trailers, such as 'Wonder Woman,' 'The Walking Dead,' or 'Westworld?'  Cast your vote in the comments!"  I didn't get a vote for any of those.  Instead, I got one for "Doctor Strange."   That wasn't on the menu, but I accepted it.  So, by popular demand, here is a combination review/box office report.*

First, the review from Wochit Entertainment: Pete Travers Gives 'Doctor Strange' "Thrilling" Review.

Reviews for 'Doctor Strange' have come pouring in and the results are pretty positive. Noted critic Pete Travers of Rolling Stone stated, [Cumberbatch], flashing an American accent eons away from the plummy tones of Sherlock or Hamlet, is the creative spark that ignites this bracing new entry in the Marvel cinematic universe. [Director Scott Derrickson deviates] just enough from the cookie-cutter Marvel pattern to become its own living, breathing, thrilling thing."
That's impressive.  I won't be going to the theater to watch it, but I'll be sure to pay the $4.99 when it comes to cable/satellite.

Next, Wochit Entertainment reports on the box office in 'Doctor Strange' Soars, 'Trolls' Misses Mark.

Disney-Marvel's long-awaited "Doctor Strange" is now expected to earn over $80 million in its debut weekend after making $32.6 million on Friday night alone. Predictions earlier in the week were set at $73 million for the weekend. The film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, has already made over $100 million overseas. “Trolls,” the animated film featuring the voices of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, and Zooey Deschanel, is now expected to bring in $44 million in its opening weekend, slightly lower than the predicted $47 million.
According to both Business Insider and CNN Money, the film will bring in at least $85 million from the North American market this weekend.  The result will the first record-breaking weekend at the box office this year since "Suicide Squad" this August, 14th consecutive number one debut for movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a likely all-time annual box office record for Disney.  The studio made $5.84 billion in worldwide ticket sales from last year and was only $30 million away before this weekend.  It could shatter the $6 billion mark even before "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" debuts.  After those movies' runs, Disney could beat Universal's all-time record of $6.89 billion, thanks to "Jurassic World" and "Furious 7."  I will probably help with that record, as I might just watch "Rogue One" at the theater.

Enough fantasy.  Back to reality tomorrow, as there is still an election on Tuesday.  With that, I'm off to get out the vote (GOTV)!

*Come join the fun and like Crazy Eddie's Motie News on Facebook.  That's where I'll be posting a weekly reader vote from now on.  I count comments here, of course, but I get more there.


  1. I really want to see Dr. Strange. Never read his comix much, tho. Wish I still did those funny mushrooms and such for it.

    1. Jack Kirby, who drew the early issues, had a psychedelic style, but very retrograde politics. Think Rorschach or Question, especially Rorschach, for how that works out.

    2. Wrong Doctor Strange. Kirby created a villain by that name (Dr. Carl Strange) for Ironman. The person who created the hero of the film in question was Steve Ditko. What I wrote about his politics is still true.

      And then there is the DC villain and member of Batman's Rogue's Gallery Hugo Strange. He's enjoying a renaissance the TV show "Gotham."