Rounding out the genre conveyer-belt in October-November was Marvel's Doctor Strange, the smaller release of their two offerings and a stab at another origin story, setting up another Avenger to take the mantle after Infinity War. While it was never destined to reach the opening numbers of the more established superheroes, it would still hope to perform well in the slot given previously to Ant-Man one year prior. Opening with around $85 million with good, if not spectacular reviews (it registers a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes but with a more lukewarm 7.3/10 average rating) it is already a hit and continues Marvel (and Disney's) solid run, even if the similar complaints were still around - poor villain, lack of narrative originality and formulas - and begging for an injection of uniqueness. It will look at finishing with around $650-$750 million at the end of its run on a worldwide scale, with around $225-$250 of that coming from domestic receipts alone. It's a film that does its job - keeps momentum running for the studio in the short-term while moulding a new Avenger recruits in the long-run - if little more, judging by audience word-of-mouth and more general reception. More updates for this section will come as the film plays out over the world, so do keep an eye out.
As you can see, the genre has been a little bit of a storm in a tea-cup this year; superhero films are not the box office guarantee one may perceive them to be, while all somehow avoiding a complete disaster. The majority of these releases are still more than likely to make the year-end top ten grosses and earn a fair bit of money, but the entire superhero genre has taken a little bit of a beating this year. They have fallen from the box office pinnacle (arguably passing the title to animations which have had a glorious year with Zootopia, The Secret Life of Pets, Finding Dory etc.) and whilst they may pull it back next year with a plethora of new releases (new Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Guardians 2), is this the beginning of the end for the superheroes?