China News Agency, Los Angeles, May 8 (Reporter Zhang Shuo) After nearly 6 years, "Doctor Strange" has returned to the arena with a strong momentum.

"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" not only won the top spot in its opening weekend, but also drove the North American weekend box office to its highest point this year.

  The North American box office statistics website released the latest film market data on May 8, and 18 films reported a weekend box office of about 218 million US dollars in North America (May 6-8).

This is the first time since 2022 that the North American weekend box office has exceeded US$200 million, marking a prosperous start to the North American summer movie season.

  "Doctor Strange 2: The Multiverse of Madness" is undoubtedly the biggest pusher of this round of the market.

This latest fantasy adventure film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one of "Hollywood's most powerful money printers", has sold about $185 million at the box office within three days of its debut on May 6, and is on the North American box office chart this round. Dominate.

The film has grossed $450 million at the global box office.

  The plot of "Doctor Strange 2: The Multiverse of Madness" follows "Spider-Man: No Way Home" (Spider-Man: No Way Home), which will be released in December 2021, and tells the story that happened after Doctor Strange accidentally opened the multiverse.

The film still starred Benedict Cumberbatch, who was nominated for two Academy Awards for best actor, and director Sam Raimi directed the superhero movie again after 15 years.

From 2002 to 2007, Sam Raimi directed the first three films of the "Spider-Man" series, and was evaluated by the industry as bringing this genre to a new height in terms of creativity and commercial value.

  Doctor Strange 2: The Multiverse of Madness is currently rated at 61 on MTC and 75% on Rotten Tomatoes by major film review websites.

Some critics believe that Sam Raimi has injected a distinct personal style into the film, with strong visual tension, but the plot is relatively weak.

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: Multiverse of Madness is expected to outperform its predecessor.

  In addition to "Doctor Strange 2", the top ten North American weekend box office in this issue are all old faces.

  The DreamWorks animated film "The Bad Guys" dropped from the first place in the previous issue to the second place with about 9.77 million US dollars, and currently has a global box office of about 148 million US dollars.

  Fantastic animated comedy "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" moved to No. 3 with about $6.2 million, and currently has a global box office of about $349 million.

  The fantasy adventure film "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" (Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore) fell 52.5% month-on-month to the fourth place with about $3.95 million.

At present, the North American box office of the film is only about 86.01 million US dollars, and the global box office is about 364 million US dollars.

  In addition, Chinese film star Michelle Yeoh starred in the kung fu fantasy film "Everything Everywhere All at Once", the action-adventure fantasy film "The Northman", and the action-adventure comedy film "The Lost City" (The Lost City). , the action comedy "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent", the action thriller "Memory" and the drama "Father Stu", sharing the rest of the top ten in turn .

  In the new week, sci-fi horror films such as "Firestarter" will be released on May 13.

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.