“Doctor Strange” remains at the top of the box office while “Top Gun” looms

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Doctor Strange and his multiverse still stayed a bit at the top of the weekend box office as Tom Cruise and “Top Gun” wait in the wings.

wonder“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” was the highest-grossing film of the weekend for the third straight week, grossing $ 31.6 million in 4,534 North American theaters, the study estimates released Sunday.

“Downton Abbey: A New Era” made a great first screening for Focus Features with $ 16 million from 3,820 theaters, but there was no real successful competition for “Doctor Strange”.

That will change with the long-awaited and delayed release of “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel arriving next week on Memorial Day weekend, 36 years after the original smash hit and cultural landmark.

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Cruise had the Cannes Film Festival, France, in turmoil Wednesday with a whirlwind appearance for the film’s European premiere that included a flyby of French fighter jets and an honorary Palme d’Or.

But while the world waits, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” surpassed $ 800 million in global gross, surpassing “The Batman” to become the highest-grossing film of the year.

Distributed by the Walt Disney Co. and directed by Sam Raimi, “ Strange Doctor 2 “benefited from being the first Marvel film to follow” Spider-Man: No Way Home, “in which Benedict Cumberbatch’s wizard played a pivotal role.

It is also based on the popular Disney + series “Wandavision” and contains a series of cameos that fans didn’t want to be spoiled for.

Holdover family films “The Bad Guys” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” took third and fourth places. Universal’s “The Bad Guys” added $ 6.1 million in its fifth week. “Sonic 2” earned $ 3.9 million in its seventh.

Director Alex Garland’s folk horror thriller “Men” raised $ 3.3 million to production company and distributor A24.

Meanwhile, “Everything Everywhere All At Once” is still going strong even after nine weeks of release. The A24 film raised an additional $ 3.3 million, down just 6% from the previous weekend, bringing the total to $ 47 million.

According to Comscore, ticket sales estimated Friday through Sunday in US and Canadian theaters. Final national data will be released on Monday.

1. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, $ 31.6 million.

2. “Downton Abbey: A New Era”, $ 16 million.

3. “The Bad Guys”, $ 6.1 million.

4. “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”, $ 3.9 million.

5. “Men”, $ 3.3 million.

6. “All everywhere all at once”, $ 3.1 million.

7. “Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets”, $ 1.9 million.

8. “Firestarter”, $ 1.9 million.

9. “The Lost City”, $ 1.5 million.

10. “The Northman”, $ 1 million.