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‘Doctor Strange 2’ Opens to Heroic $185 Million

Doctor Strange 2 and his questionably effective book of spells helped Marvel’s Marvel Cinematic Universe reestablish its supremacy at the North American box office over the weekend, grossing a whopping $185 million.

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Time-bending After “Black Widow” ($80 million debut, plus $60 million on Disney Plus), “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” ($75 million debut), and “Eternals” ($71 million debut), “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” signals a return to form for Disney’s MCU. Due to the pandemic and other unforeseen events, those editions fell short of their franchise predecessors in terms of ticket sales.

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It was the 11th most successful opening weekend in cinema history. “Doctor Strange 2″ comfortably achieved the biggest opening weekend of 2022, as well as the second-highest debut in COVID-19 history, as a result of reaching those heights. “The Batman” had the largest opening weekend of the year with $134 million prior to this weekend. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” remains the pandemic’s most successful opening weekend (and the second-biggest ever).

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The picture grossed $265 million in 49 countries, increasing its worldwide total to $450 million. Because “Doctor Strange 2” is unlikely to be released in China, Russia, or Ukraine, it will require many viewings to reach the $1 billion thresholds. Only “Spider-Man: No Way Home” has crossed that threshold since COVID’s inception. ‘Doctor Strange 2’ is a sequel to ‘Doctor Strange.’

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“Doctor Strange” outgrossed its predecessor’s opening weekend total in just one day at the domestic box office. “Doctor Strange” pulled in $85 million on Friday alone, while “Multiverse of Madness” took in $90 million. On Friday alone, “Multiverse of Madness” grossed $90 million, while “Doctor Strange” grossed $85 million. Fans want to be among the first to watch Marvel and other huge franchise films, thus they tend to be front-loaded in terms of ticket sales.

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As the sequel to Sony’s box office juggernaut “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “Doctor Strange 2” is benefiting. “Multiverse of Madness” raked in $90 million on Friday alone, while “Doctor Strange” took in $85 million. or, plus Disney’s marketing machine teased some big surprise cameos, “Doctor Strange” arrived in rare territory – even for a Marvel film. Disney Plus series like “WandaVision” and “What If?” added to the enthusiasm because the brand now spans the large and small screens. ’ Doctor Strange 2 has a $185 million opening weekend.

Imax, 3D, and other premium format screens also contributed to increased grosses for “Strange,” which cost $200 million to make. ’ 2′ Doctor Strange

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On left: Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange in Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Premium formats accounted for 36% of box office sales, according to Disney. With $33 million from Imax alone, “Doctor Strange” is among the company’s top ten global opening weekends.

This Marvel premiere, according to David A. Gross of the movie consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research, is “phenomenal.” Strange’s popularity is rising thanks to a stronger follow-up release.”

The film begins with Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, a neurosurgeon-turned-Avenger, casting a spell that sends him into the multiverse to battle a mystery new foe and alternative versions of himself.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. Scarlet Witch, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, a teen who can travel between realities, join Cumberbatch in the cast.

“Doctor Strange 2” is a strong start to the summer blockbuster season. “Top Gun: Maverick” (May 27), “Jurassic World Dominion” (June 10) and “Thor: Love and Thunder” (July 8) are expected to keep theatres busy in the coming months.

Several holdover releases rounded out box office lists as “Multiverse of Madness” loomed large in cinemas (and took up practically every single screen in major circuits).

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(L-R): Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer, Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez in Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Universal’s animated heist comedy “The Bad Guys” fell to second place with $9.7 million from 3,839 theatres after two weeks at the top. The domestic total for the film now stands at $57 million. ’ 2′ Doctor Strange

With $6.2 million from 3,358 North American cinemas, Paramount’s family-friendly “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” came in third. The domestic box office for the “Sonic” sequel has reached $169.9 million after five weeks on the big screen. It’s one of the few pandemic sequels that gross more money in theatres than its predecessor. Before COVID-19 forced multiplexes to close in March 2020, “Sonic’s” first silver screen adventure grossed $148 million in North America.

With $3.8 million from 3,051 screens, “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” fell to fourth place. The latest instalment in the “Harry Potter” prequel series is the Wizarding World’s lowest-grossing film franchise. “The Secrets of Dumbledore” has grossed $86 million domestically to date and may struggle to reach $100 million, a record that previous “Harry Potter”-related films have smashed in a couple of days.

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“Everything Everywhere All at Once” came in fifth place, beating out Focus Features’ “The Northman” with $3.3 million from 1,542 theatres versus $2.7 million from 2,413 cinemas. “Everything Everywhere At Once” has made $41 million in North America since its debut seven weeks ago. 

“Everything, Everywhere, At Once” has made $41 million worldwide. Michelle Yeoh stars in this genre-bending film, which has shown in considerably fewer theatres than “The Northman.” Despite having fewer theatres than “The Northman,” “Everything Everywhere All At Once” has made a whopping $41 million in North America since its debut seven weeks ago.

Audrey Diwan’s abortion drama “Happening” was released to theatres in New York City and Los Angeles by IFC Films, taking in $34,000 from four locations. Each location earned $8,500. ‘Doctor Strange 2’ is a sequel to ‘Doctor Strange.’

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The film “Happening,” set in 1963 France, hits theatres just as the Supreme Court appears prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade. The film will be released in over 100 cities by IFC next week.

“At this critical juncture, IFC Films is committed to bringing ‘Happening’ to theatres across the country,” said Arianna Bocco, president of IFC Films. I’m hoping that people will go out of their way to see this video and that it will ignite vital dialogues about our future. We continue to provide vital, female-driven tales to audiences across the country because of our long history.” ‘Doctor Strange 2

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