‘Doctor Strange 2’ Rules Again In Its Sophomore Weekend With 61 Million, ‘Firestarter’ Fizzles

A week after storming multiplexes with a superheroic 185 million domestic bow, Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness picked up right where it left off, grossing an additional 61 million over its second weekend in North America.

Not surprisingly, rival studios for the most part chose to steer clear of Marvel’s latest box-office behemoth—all except for Universal, which unveiled its Zac Efron-led remake of the 1984 Stephen King adaptation, Firestarter, and failed to produce any sparks in the marketplace, bowing to a truly scary 3.8 million.While Benedict Cumberbatch’s smash sorcery sequel certainly lured enough ticket buyers to keep popcorn moving at a brisk clip, the weekend couldn’t help but have a quiet-after-the-storm feeling to it in the wake of the previous frame’s record-shattering roll out during which the latest MCU installment instantly became the biggest box-office debut of 2022.

In its sophomore session, the PG-

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