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'Doctor Strange 2' tops 5 mln admissions

Movies 10:04 May 17, 2022

SEOUL, May 17 (Yonhap) -- Hollywood blockbuster "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" surpassed 5 million admissions Tuesday, data showed.

The latest Marvel Studios' flick hit the milestone at 7:20 a.m., on the 13th day of its theatrical release in South Korea, according to the official box-office data from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).

It became the fastest movie to top 5 million in the past three years, outmatching the country's biggest pandemic-era hit "Spider-Man: No Way Home," the films' local distributor Walt Disney Company Korea said. "Spider-Man" has attracted more than 7.5 million moviegoers.

A scene from the Hollywood blockbuster "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness," provided by Walt Disney Company Korea (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen, the sequel to "Doctor Strange" (2016) is about Dr. Stephen Strange's adventure against a terrible threat that looms over humanity and the entire universe throughout the Multiverse.

It is the first blockbuster action film that has been released in South Korea since the country lifted nearly all social distancing restraints last month.

South Korea is famous for its love of superhero movies, as many Marvel franchises have topped the local box office, including "Avengers: Endgame" (2019), which is the largest foreign movie hit ever in the country with 13.9 million attendees. The first installment of the "Doctor Strange" series sold about 5.45 million tickets.


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