Doctor Strange 2 had a massive drop in viewership, setting a new MCU record.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen, is now playing in cinemas throughout the world. Audiences rushed to the movies last weekend, collecting $187.4 million domestically and $265 million internationally.

The expectation for the sequel to the Sorceror Supreme was great, especially following Spider-Man: No Way Home’s movie revenue and critical success. Thanks to filmmaker Sam Raimi’s return to comic book films and an unending amount of conceivable appearances, Multiverse of Madness became the 11th highest-grossing opening weekend of all time.

However, life isn’t always rainbows and sunshine for Marvel’s brilliant Wizard. “…the basic structure of the plot does make it come across as goofy at times…” According to The Direct’s evaluation, “The lack of deep probing will leave some disappointed…” Doctor Strange 2 has a CinemaScore of B+ and a 74 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating (not certified fresh).

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a Marvel Studios picture, grossed $16.7 million on Friday, down 81% from its $90.7 million opening day domestic total. This is a Marvel Cinematic Universe film’s second-worst second Friday release. The picture is predicted to lose 65-69 percent of its audience in its second weekend, grossing $60-$65 million.

On the second Friday in December, Spider-Man: No Way Home had an extraordinary 83.9 percent drop, but it was Christmas Eve. Tom Holland’s third Spider-Man picture is the third-highest earning domestic film of all time, so the Friday drop didn’t appear to matter much.

The domestic box office for Captain America: Civil War was $408 million. The Chris Evans-led threequel also received an A CinemaScore and a 90% Rotten Tomatoes rating. Multiverse of Madness did not live up to the expectations, which will hurt it in the long run, but that does not rule out the possibility of a substantial profit. If all goes according to plan, Multiverse of Madness’ total domestic range might drop to $395-$405 million.

It will be the 10th highest-grossing MCU picture in North America if it hits any of these targets. This is a realistic goal after the seventh-highest opening weekend in Marvel Studios history. Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness is currently playing in cinemas worldwide.