DOCTOR STRANGE 2 Delivers Multiplex Madness With $185M Debut (BOX OFFICE)

Fueled by fan service, DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS dominated the box office with the second biggest debut of the pandemic.

Doctor Strange put a darkhold on North American movie theaters.

Dominating multiplexes like no movie since, well, the last one that had Doctor Strange in it (i.e. Spider-Man: No Way Home), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness had the biggest opening weekend of 2022. Raking $185 million in the U.S. and Canada, the second Strange feature film from Marvel Studios topped 2022’s previous top weekend of $134M set by The Batman in early March.

It’s the second biggest debut since the pandemic began two years ago, finishing only behind Spider-Man: NHW‘s mammoth $260M launch in December 2021.

Adding to the haul: another $265M that Doctor Strange 2 conjured in international markets. That brings its global tally after 4 days to $450 million, averaging over $100M a day around the world.

As impressive as those numbers are, Strange 2 declined rapidly on Saturday and Sunday in domestic multiplexes. After taking in $90M by the end of Friday, Strange 2 “only” managed another $95M over its next two days, immediately dropping its daily average by 50%.

Nevertheless, with no big tentpoles to compete with until Top Gun: Maverick at the end of the month, The Multiverse of Madness should be able to maximize its box office potential before anything else of its pop culture scale can pose a threat.

After two weeks at number one, the animated comedy The Bad Guys slipped to second with $9.7M. Its total stands at $57M domestic. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 held steady at third with $6.2 M ($148M total).

Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore continued to struggle in fourth with $3.8M. With only a meager $86M gross so far in North America, this is the first movie in the Potter franchise to struggle towards crossing the $100M mark, which it may not at this pace. For a movie that was supposed to save the Fantastic Beasts series, this may actually be the end of it.

Rounding out the top 5 was the indie hit Everything Everywhere All At Once. With a multiverse adventure all its quirky own, Everything took in another $2.8M to bring its total to $41M. For a movie that only cost $25M to produce, it’s one of the most successful independent movies of recent years.

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