‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,’ starring British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, is a touch behind ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home,’ which came out last year. Overall, among Hollywood blockbusters such as Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home,’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ the opening is the fourth best.
The superhero film ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ is based on the Marvel Comics character Doctor Strange. It is the sequel to ‘Doctor Strange’ (2016) and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 28th feature (MCU). Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams are among the cast members.
‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch, took in $185 million in North American cinemas over the weekend, reinforcing Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) box office dominance following a shakier, pandemic-battered year for the expansive series.
“The time-bending ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ represents a return to form for Disney’s MCU after Covid-era releases like ‘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,” according to Variety. Those editions failed to live up to their franchise predecessors in terms of ticket sales due to the pandemic and other mitigating factors.”
This is the 11th largest opening weekend in box office history. ‘Doctor Strange 2’ comfortably achieved the biggest opening weekend of 2022, as well as the second-highest debut in Covid history, despite the peculiarity of achieving those heights.