Despite being initially seen as a risky property, Doctor Strange has proven once again proven Marvel Studios’ ability to turn a profit on films featuring their more obscure characters. Both Guardians of the Galaxy ($773 million) and The Avengers ($1.5 billion) are still higher earners, and first installments of a Marvel Studios, but these are also ensemble pieces. Doctor Strange‘s new record is for single character debuts. Only time will tell if Strange has the legs to topple any more Marvel records, though competition from Fantastic Beasts, Moana, and the upcoming Rogue One won’t help.
Doctor Strange continues to perform well in multiple markets across the globe and still has a few smaller markets where it is only now opening. Japan is the only market yet to see a theatrical release and has proven to be an important one. With the financial success and warm reception that the film has received, the future appears to be bright for Marvel’s latest hero.
Audience members who stayed through the credits know Strange may be returning for Thor: Ragnarok next year. Cumberbatch has also confirmed his involvement in Avengers: Infinity War. With him becoming more heavily involved with the larger picture and seeds planted in Doctor Strange for a sequel, his next solo film should be able to build off this success to become a staple member of Marvel’s slate moving forward.