Box Office: ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Nears $700M Worldwide, ‘Firestarter’ Fizzles Out

  1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness– $61M/$291.8M

A 67% drop and a $100M loss in its second week didn’t stop Doctor Strange 2 from holding the top spot for a second week. No shocker there. Only one new major release was offered up as competition, again, no shocker. The film is doing extremely well both foreign and domestic with $688M overall.

2. The Bad Guys– $6.8M/$66.2M

3. Sonic the Hedgehog 2– $4.5M/$175.7M

4. Firestarter (review)- $3.8M

Universal dropped their remake of 1984 Stephen King horror Firestarter into 3400 theaters, and it was a total flame out with just $3.8M. The film starring Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong as pyrokinetic youngster was also released on Peacock so that didn’t help matters, but really, I doubt it would’ve done much better. Blumhouse, a partner on the film, tried to take advantage of the Friday the 13th weekend, normally a hot spot for the genre, but when reviews are as poor as what this got little can help.

5. Everything Everywhere All At Once– $3.3M/$47.1M

At $47M, Everything Everywhere All At Once is now A24’s third highest-grossing domestic film behind Uncut Gems at $50M and Lady Bird with $49M.

6. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore– $2.4M/$90M

7. The Lost City– $1.73M/$97.1M

8. The Northman– $1.7M/$31.1M

9. Family Camp– $1.4M

10. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent– $1M/$18.2M

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.