Doctor Strange 2, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen, has opened in theaters around the world The film raked in $187.4 million domestically and $265 million internationally over the weekend.
After Spider-Man: No Way Home’s massive success (both financially and critically), speculation about a sequel to The Sorceror Supreme was rampant. When you add director Sam Raimi’s return to the comic book movie genre to the never-ending variety of potential cameos, Multiverse of Madness had the 11th highest opening weekend gross ever.
However, Marvel’s witty Wizard doesn’t have it all his way. There are some who will be disappointed by the lack of in-depth analysis. Doctor Strange 2 has a CinemaScore of B+ and a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 74%. An underwhelming second weekend is almost always the result of a lukewarm response to a hot debut.
There has been a 67.5% drop in the domestic box office revenue for Doctor Strange 2 since its $187.4 million opening weekend.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the latest release from Marvel Studios, took in $16.7 million on Friday, a sharp decline of 81% from the $90.7 million it made domestically on its first day. An MCU movie has never had a worse opening weekend than this one. The film is expected to lose 65-69 % of its first-weekend audience this weekend, bringing in $60-65 million.
Spider-Man: No Way Home’s second Friday in December saw an 83.9% drop in ticket sales, but that was on Christmas Eve. Tom Holland’s third Spidey flick has become the third-highest-grossing domestic film of all time, with a domestic box office total of $804.6 million.
For a better comparison, take a look at the following two-second Friday drops:
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice: -81.6%
Black Widow: -79%
Captain America: Civil War: -74%
The Batman: -67%
The Multiverse of Madness is expected to gross between $380 million and $405 million during its domestic run, according to current projections. There is a wide variety of options. Let’s focus on the specifics.
On May 6th, 2016, Captain America: Civil War was released. During its opening weekend, Chris Evans’ third Captain America film brought in $179.1 million in ticket sales. On May 6, 2012, the release of Doctor Strange 2 brought in $187.9 million in ticket sales.
X-Men: Apocalypse was released on May 27th, three weeks later. On May 27th, Top Gun: Maverick will be released in theaters after a three-week delay. No, it wasn’t a success. No. Is Top Gun 2 going to be a hit? Probably.
The domestic box office haul for Captain America: Civil War was $408 million. It has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A from CinemaScore for Chris Evans’ starring role. In this case, it is like comparing apples and oranges, but from the same tree.
In the end, Multiverse of Madness failed to live up to the hype. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t still be a big moneymaker in the long run. Depending on how well things go. Multiverse of Madness’ total domestic take could be reduced to between $395 and $405 million dollars.
In North America, it would be the tenth highest-grossing MCU film if it fell anywhere between these two numbers. After the seventh-best opening weekend in Marvel Studios history, this is a reasonable goal.
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