"Doctor Strange" is casting a spell over moviegoers this weekend, proving again that Marvel Studios is too big to fail at the box office.
The film starring
"Doctor Strange," which Marvel says cost $165 million to produce, features a character lesser known to non-comic book readers. But both critics and audiences have taken to the film, with ticket buyers who saw the movie Friday assigning it an average grade of A, according to market research firm CinemaScore. Before the film debuted in North America this weekend, it already had earned $99 million abroad — this before opening in some big markets like China and Brazil.
Meanwhile, the weekend’s other big-budget release —
"Trolls" could prove to have strong legs in the coming weeks, having received an average grade of A from early moviegoers.
That’s the same grade
The Lionsgate release, which stars