China News Agency, Los Angeles, May 15 (Reporter Zhang Shuo) This past weekend is still "Doctor Strange" dominating the North American film arena.

"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" not only continued to lead the box office charts, but quickly surpassed its predecessor with more than $688 million worldwide.

  The North American box office statistics website released the latest movie market data on May 15. The North American weekend box office (May 13-15) of 25 films reported about $89.55 million.

Among them, "Doctor Strange 2: The Multiverse of Madness", which entered its second release weekend, earned about $61 million, accounting for two-thirds of the total North American weekend box office this round.

  This latest fantasy adventure film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one of the "Most Powerful Money Printing Machines in Hollywood", sold more than $187 million at the box office within three days of its North American premiere on May 6, with a total of about 222 million in the week. The US dollar accounted for more than 80% of the North American weekend box office.

Although the box office fell by 67.5% in the second release weekend, it still won the new round of North American box office rankings with an absolute advantage.

  When the first "Doctor Strange" was released in November 2016, it grossed about $85.06 million in its opening weekend, and eventually earned about $233 million at the North American box office and about $678 million at the global box office.

"Doctor Strange 2: The Multiverse of Madness" has so far made about $292 million at the North American box office and $688 million worldwide, surpassing the first film within ten days of its release.

At present, the major film review websites have rated the film as 60 on MTC and 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is only slightly lower than the premiere score.

  Following "Doctor Strange", two "family" films also continued to rank among the top three weekend box office charts in North America.

DreamWorks Animation's "The Bad Guys" topped the list with about $6.9 million, and currently has a global box office of about $166 million.

Fantastic animated comedy "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" held the No. 3 spot with about $4.55 million and is now at about $355 million worldwide.

  The sci-fi horror film "Firestarter", which debuted in North America on May 13, rushed to No. 4 on the list with about $3.82 million in its opening weekend.

The film is adapted from the work of Stephen King, the best-selling American author of horror novels, whose story was brought to the big screen in 1984.

At present, the reputation of this rebooted film is not as good as that of the original, with major film review websites giving it an MTC score of 33 and a freshness rating of only 12% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  In addition, kung fu fantasy "Everything Everywhere All at Once", fantasy adventure "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore", action adventure comedy "Lost City" (The Lost City), action-adventure fantasy "The Northman", comedy "Family Camp" and action-comedy "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent," in that order Ranked 5th to 10th on this list.

  It is also worth mentioning that the feature film "Happening" is being released on a small scale in North America.

Based on the autobiography of author Anne Aino, this French film focuses on the physical and psychological trauma of abortion in women.

The film will premiere at the 78th Venice Film Festival in September 2021 and won the highest award, the Golden Lion.

At present, the North American box office of the film is only about 100,000 US dollars, but the major film review websites have rated it as 85 on MTC and 99% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  In the new week, North American theaters will usher in a "British style".

The second film in the "Downton Abbey" series, "Downton Abbey: A New Era" (Downton Abbey: A New Era), will be released on May 20.

The horror drama "Men", also set in the United Kingdom, will be released on the same day and was nominated for the Director's Fortnight at the 75th Cannes Film Festival.