Doctor Strange Conjures Up $32.6 Million on Friday

Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel StudiosDoctor Strange earned an estimated $32.6 million from 3,882 theaters on Friday and looks to be headed for $80 million or more its first weekend in North America. The opening would put Doctor Strange ahead of Thor ($65.7 million), Captain America: The First Avenger ($65.1 million) and Ant-Man ($57.2 million), and close to Thor: The Dark World‘s $85.7 million. We’ll have more domestic and international results tomorrow.

Directed by Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton.

Made for about $165 million, Doctor Strange tells the story of talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.

As far as the other wide releases, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls (20th Century Fox) debuted with an estimated $12.3 million from 4,060 theaters on Friday and looks to reach $44 million its first weekend, while Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge (Lionsgate) earned $5.2 million at 2,886 theaters and is projected to make about $15 million this weekend.