Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen, has hit theaters all across the world. Last weekend, audiences flocked to the movies, with the film grossing $187.4 million domestically and $265 million abroad.
The anticipation for the sequel to the Sorceror Supreme was high, especially after the box office and critical success of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Multiverse of Madness became the 11th highest-grossing opening weekend of all time, thanks to filmmaker Sam Raimi’s comeback to comic book films and an endless list of possible appearances.
However, Marvel‘s clever Wizard’s life isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. “…the basic structure of the plot does make it come across as goofy at times…” and “The lack of deep probing will leave some disappointed…” according to The Direct’s review. Doctor Strange 2 has a CinemaScore of B+ and a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 74 percent (not certified fresh).
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a Marvel Studios film, made $16.7 million on Friday, down 81 percent from its opening day domestic total of $90.7 million. This is the second-worst second Friday release for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. The film is expected to decline 65-69 percent in its second weekend, with a gross of $60-$65 million expected.
Spider-Man: No Way Home saw an extraordinarily high decline of 83.9 percent on its second Friday in December, but it was on Christmas Eve. That Friday decline didn’t seem to matter much, as Tom Holland’s third Spider-Man film is the third-highest grossing domestic film of all time.
Captain America: Civil War earned $408 million at the domestic box office. The Chris Evans-led threequel also scored an A from CinemaScore and a 90 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Multiverse of Madness did not live up to the hype, which will damage it in the long term, but it doesn’t mean it won’t be a significant moneymaker. Multiverse of Madness’ total domestic range could decrease to $395-$405 million if it keeps on schedule.
If it makes any of these numbers, it will be the 10th highest-grossing MCU film in North America. After being the seventh-highest opening weekend in Marvel Studios history, this is a feasible ambition. Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness is now showing in theaters throughout the world.