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'Doctor Strange 2' Outperforms 'Downton Abbey' Sequel as Older Adults Remain Wary

'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' grossed $31.6 million in its third outing, followed by a $16 million opening for 'Downton Abbey: A New Era.'

In another universe — i.e., before the pandemic — Downton Abbey the movie blew away all expectations when opening to $31 million in September 2019 in a record-best for specialty house Focus Features.

The Marvel and Disney superhero film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness remained at the top of the box office in its third weekend, grossing $31.6 million for a domestic total of $342.1 million and $803.2 million worldwide to become the No. 2 picture of the pandemic period, trailing only Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1.8 billion).