Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has a magical opening weekend, setting new records for 2022


There’s currently no more powerful force in Hollywood than the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since 2008, the franchise has not only managed to repeatedly produce films that audiences individually love, but the success of each seems to perpetuate the success of the next, as everyone wants to be up to date with the latest canon news. . The upshot is that nearly every Marvel-produced sequel does better than its predecessor – and Sam Raimi’s. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the latest big win in that regard, having had a magical opening weekend.

Check out the full Top 10 below and join me after for an analysis!

CinemaBlend Weekend Box Office Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness May 6-8, 2022

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1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness* $185,000,000 $185,000,000 4,534
2. The bad guys $9,770,000 $57,572,485 1 3,839
3. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 $7,100,000 $170,801,471 2 3,358
4. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets $3,950,000 $86,009,171 3 3,051
5. Everything everywhere at the same time $3,323,297 $41,565,896 5 1,542
6. The Northman $2,770,000 $28,048,585 4 2,413
7. The Lost City $2,500,000 $94,389,264 7 1,897
8. The unbearable weight of massive talent $1,525,000 $16,388,403 6 3,036
9. Memory $1,220,000 $5,492,665 5 2,433
10. Father Stu $800,000 $19,235,742 9 1,265

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness More Than Doubles First Doctor Strange’s Opening Weekend

When Scott Derrickson is strange doctor Launched in 2016, it was definitely considered a hit, grossing $85.1 million in its opening weekend before earning $232.6 million domestically and $676.4 million at home. international. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is clearly going to completely destroy those long-term numbers – something you can do when a sequel makes twice as much money as its predecessor when it debuts in three days.

To provide some Marvel context, $185 million is the seventh-biggest opening weekend ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe title (roughly $6 million less than Joss Whedon Avengers: Age of Ultron won in 2015. Except for Ryan Coogler’s Black Pantherwhich grossed $200 million in its first Friday-Sunday, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness had the biggest debut for any MCU title without either”avengers” or “Spider Man” in the title.

So what made it possible Doctor Strange 2 to be as successful beyond the perpetual popularity of Marvel Studios movies? Like when Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Scream had a great opening weekend in January, I wonder if the big “Spoiler Factor” had some sort of influence. There’s been constant talk since the film’s development began that it would contain some major surprises for Marvel fans (which the blockbuster most certainly delivers with some stellar cameos), and the desire to see those surprises on big screen rather than on social networks. may very well have been a draw to see the movie as soon as possible.

Doctor Strange in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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It also seems very possible that the popularity of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is an expansion of the titular character receiving a “bump” from his appearances in three of the highest-grossing Marvel Studios films of all time. Benedict Cumberbatch’s master of the mystical arts appeared in Joe and Anthony Russo’ Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame as well as Jon Watts Spider-Man: No Coming Home ahead of his own solo movie sequel, and investment in the hero’s journey in the future may have been boosted as a result.

Nor should we ignore the presence of Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, in the blockbuster. In early 2021, an impressive sequel for the character grew thanks to the popularity and critical success of the Disney+ original series. Wanda Visionand Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was teased from the start as a continuation of Wanda’s story following this show. It’s not precisely hard to imagine that anyone who fell in love with Scarlet Witch on this show would immediately rush to see Doctor Strange 2 in theatres.

Whatever the reasons for its popularity, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness can be called the biggest instant hit of 2022 so far. Before the new Marvel feature arrives, Matt Reeves The Batman had set the high point for opening weekends since January, with the film grossing $134 million when it hit theaters in early March. It’s kind of weird to think that we live in a world where a new Doctor Strange movie would surpass a blockbuster starring the Caped Crusader… but let’s also not forget that this is the same world where, in 2018 , Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok passed Zack Snyder Justice League.

Villains Hold On As They Cross $50M Domestic Market Mark

Due to the arrival of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessthere was never any doubt that Pierre Perifel The villains would be ousted from the top spot in the domestic box office chart – but what’s to be congratulated is that the DreamWorks Animation feature still managed to post impressive numbers and only dropped 40% from in its second weekend in theaters.

After the film made $24 million in its debut and then $16.1 million last weekend, The villains managed to earn an additional $9.8 million over the past three days, bringing its national total to $57.6 million. That means he’s almost ready to overtake Jeff Tremaine Fooled forever and enter the list of the 10 highest-grossing films in the country in 2022. Having earned $90.6 million worldwide to date, it is currently ranked twelfth internationally.

Everything, Everywhere, Everything At Once Is Set To Become A24’s Fourth Biggest Film In The World

To bring us back to the subject of the multiverse, Daniels’ Everything everywhere all at once continues to be one of the film industry’s most wonderful and fantastic success stories. In its seventh week of release, the film successfully held on to fifth place domestically, dropping just 40% and adding another $3.3 million to its earnings. To date, the indie sci-fi/comedy/action feature has grossed $46.6 million to date worldwide, which means it only needs some $100,000 more to complete. exceed that of Ari Aster. Midsommar in the box office ranking of all films broadcast by A24.

It seems unlikely that the film could ultimately do more than Barry Jenkins Moonlightby Greta Gerwig lady birdor Ari Aster Hereditaryall of which have grossed over $65 million worldwide, but it’s still unequivocally one of the best and most exciting box office stories of 2022.

While studios want to avoid the freight train that is Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, next weekend Marvel Studios’ movie won’t face an overwhelming amount of new competition – but audiences will see the theatrical arrival of Keith Thomas’ Fire starter, based on Stephen King’s beloved novel. Be sure to check back here at CinemaBlend next Sunday to see how things go at the box office, and head over to our 2022 Movie Release Schedule to learn more about all the features coming out by the end of December.


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