"Box Office Battle" is The Fly's weekly roundup of what movies topped the weekend's box office.
Marvel Studios and Disney's (DIS) "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" stayed atop the chart in its third outing with another $31.6M from 4,534 theaters for a domestic total of $342.1M and $803.2M globally. The movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch is now the number 2 film of the pandemic era behind "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
BOX OFFICE RUNNER-UPS: Downton Abbey sequel, "Downton Abbey: A New Era," placed number 2 with a $16M debut from 3,815 locations, and $35M overseas. Behind it was DreamWorks Animation and Comcast (CMCSA) subsidiary Universal's "The Bad Guys," grossing another $6.1M for a domestic cume of $74.4M and $182.2M worldwide. Paramount's (PARA) "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" placed number 4 with another $3.9M as it approached the $400M mark after finishing Sunday with $181M domestically and $375M globally. Rounding out the top five, A24's "Men" debuted in 2,212 theaters for an estimated $3.3M.
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