Congratulations to the “Doctor Strange” cast and crew, because the movie is charting a No. 1 opening of $85M at 3,882 theaters in the United States. This is a personal record for Rachel: It’s her largest opening weekend in the US, according to Box Office Mojo. Since 2009 “Sherlock Holmes” was Rachel’s best opening weekend in the US but “Doctor Strange” surpassed it with over 30 million. The movie also received an A CinemaScores according to Deadline. Variety is reporting the following story:
This time it’s Stephen Strange’s turn to dominate the multiplexes, after “Doctor Strange,” the first big-screen appearance for the Master of the Mystic Arts, was the top ticket seller this weekend with a $85 million debut. It marks the 14th straight first place opening for a Marvel film, a feat matched only by Pixar.
“Doctor Strange’s” opening trumps those of “Thor” ($65.7 million), “Captain America: The First Avenger” ($65 million), and “Ant-Man” ($57.2 million). That’s impressive given that Captain America and Thor are better known figures. Still the good doctor couldn’t quite reach the stratospheric heights of “Iron Man” ($98.6 million), “Captain America: Civil War” ($179.1 million), or “Marvel’s The Avengers” ($207.4 million). Those films benefited from having Robert Downey Jr. or featured superhero team-ups. “Doctor Strange” wasn’t cheap to make. Disney and Marvel spent $165 million to give the Sorcerer Supreme the celluloid treatment.
We would like to remind everyone that “Doctor Strange” is out in U.S. theaters starting today. Rachel co-stars in the movie alongside Benedict Cumerbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Michael Stuhlbarg and Benjamin Bratt. Rachel is portraying Doctor Christine Palmer. We would recommend everyone seeing this movie in 3D or IMAX 3D. The movie is officially rated ‘fresh’ at Rotten Tomatoes with 90% and Meta Critics score of 72. The movie was already released overseas in many countries and made over $86 million according to Variety. The first BO results are already in for Thursday night showings and made $9.4 million in North America.
While Rachel is still promoting “Doctor Strange“, people are already looking forward to her upcoming projects. As you may have noticed, “Sherlock Holmes 3” (SH3) has been part of her IMDB as announced project. It has never been reported or officially announced that Rachel is part of this project but we always keep an eye out on possible projects, including this one. SH3 still seems very much in development and Variety recently reported that writers Nicole Perlman, Justin Malen, Gary Whitta, Geneva Dworet-Robertson and Kieran Fitzgerald have been hired to help shape the script and story. Further, they are reporting that Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are expected to return with Guy Ritchie expected to return as director. The Wrap reported earlier this year that the movie is top priority for Warner Bros. Earlier this year Robert Downey Jr., as we previously reported, and producer Joel Silver indicated that the movie could film this year but no follow-up reports have been made thus far confirming this. Rachel was asked about her involvement last week and told Digital Spy, “I don’t know anything about [it]”. You can find the video segment of Rachel talking about SH3 after the jump.
Rachel made an appearance on Good Morning America earlier this week to promote “Doctor Strange” alongside her lovely co-star Tilda Swinton. We have added the interview in our video archive and screencaptures in our gallery. The interview was prerecorded when the cast was in Los Angeles earlier this month.
Rachel stopped by CP24 Breakfast morning show yesterday in Toronto to promote “Doctor Strange“. She looked lovely in a white and black dress. We have added the interview in our video archive and the official stills and screencaptures can be found in our gallery. Rachel talked about the movie, Toronto and more. The movie will be released next week, on November 4th in Canada.
Screendaily is reporting that Filmnation has boarded “Disobedience“. Rachel confirmed she joined this project earlier this week, after Screendaily broke her signing onto the movie earlier this month. Rachel previously worked with FilmNation on “A Most Wanted Man” and “To The Wonder“. “Disobedience” will start filming on January 3 in London and will be part of FilmNation’s slate at the upcoming AFM buyers market.
US sales outfit FilmNation has boarded writer-director Sebastian Lelio’s (Gloria) prestige drama Disobedience, which it will co-finance with Carol backer Film4.
Spotlight star Rachel McAdams and Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) will star in the romantic-drama based on Naomi Alderman’s novel about the estranged daughter of a rabbi who returns from New York to the Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood she grew up in North London, following her father’s death. However, her arrival causes significant upheaval in the quiet community.
Lelio has co-written the script with British dramatist and screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz, who collaborated with Polish film-maker Pawel Pawlikowski on the screenplay of Oscar-winner Ida.
Weisz is set to produce through HGS Productions alongside Room producer Ed Guiney of Dublin-based Element Pictures and Spanish producer Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth) of New York-based Braven Films.
Principal photography begins January 3, 2017. UK broadcaster Film4, who have been involved in the film’s development from its early stages, are co-financing with FilmNation, and FilmNation will kick off international sales at the upcoming AFM.
Additional casting is underway.
We would like to remind everyone that “Doctor Strange” is playing in cinemas in the U.K. and Ireland starting today. The movie will also get released in several key majors including the France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Australia and Korea this week. The movie will be released in the United States on November 4th and currently holds a 97% rating at Rotten Tomatoes (based on 37 reviews) and a 75 score at Meta Critics (based on 15 reviews). The visuals and visual effects have received critical acclaim thus far. We made a review round-up in this post. Sadly, critics seem to agree Rachel’s Christine Palmer is being underused.
““Strange” arguably features the most talented Marvel cast to date with acclaimed actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen bringing the origin of the Sorcerer Supreme to the big screen. It goes without saying that McAdams will never get the credit she deserves for transforming the barely sketched out role of Strange’s former medical colleague Christine Palmer into a captivating three-dimensional character that feels like an integral part of the storyline even when she isn’t.”
–Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist
Rachel had another day of press today in London and did various press junket interviews, including one with BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon. You can find the full interview in our audio archive. She talk about “Doctor Strange” and also confirmed “Disobedience“. She said, “I’m working on a film called ‘Disobedience’ with Rachel Weisz and we are actually going to shoot it here. It is based on a very lovely novel and it’s set in a Jewish Ortodox community here in Hendon“. The Knowledge Online is reporting filming with begin in January of next year, in North London:
The forthcoming big-screen adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel Disobedience is due to begin filming in north London in January.
Rachel Weisz is among the producers on the project and also stars alongside Rachel McAdams. First published in 2006, the novel centres on Ronit (Weisz), a young woman who returns to her orthodox Jewish home following the death of her rabbi father from whom she was estranged.
Chilean director Sebastian Lelio will be calling the shots from a screenplay he wrote with Rebecca Lenkiewicz. The other producers are Element Films’ Ed Guiney, Frida Torresblanco for Braven Films and Film 4.
In case you missed it before, Screen Daily reported earlier this month that Rachel was in talks to join Rachel Weisz in “Disobedience“. You can find more information in our previous post.
After stopping by the fan screening for “Doctor Strange” Rachel and her co-stars headed to Westminster Abbey to attend the UK premiere/red carpet launch for the movie, which was co-hosted by the British GQ magazine. The first batch with high quality images have been added in our gallery, but we expect more additions later on.
Rachel, her co-stars and filmmakers are expected to do another day of press in London tomorrow. You can send in questions for Marvel UK’s Facebook Live Q&A over here. Further, Rachel is expected to join Stylist Magazine UK for a Facebook Q&A and you can submit questions by replying to this tweet.