The Covid-19 pandemic kept theaters closed for a long time and even after reopening restrictions and capacity limits, they severely impacted the box office of many productions. Despite this, with a sharp reduction in restrictions around the world, the situation has now changed. This week, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” posted the second-best opening for a film since mid-2020, when the lockdown began.
According to ComicBook, the new feature from Marvel Studios grossed approximately US$450 million in its debut, making it the second-highest-grossing film since the start of the pandemic, after another film from the studio: “Spider-Man Produced by “No Return Home”. Marvel but distributed by Sony Pictures.
If we consider only the films of the studio, then “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” was the fourth highest grosser in Marvel history. Quite an achievement for Nayak’s new solo film which has just hit the theatres.
Doctor Strange breaking record
Even before it started, the Doctor Strange sequel had the 8th biggest preview in history on Thursday. Overall, the film grossed nearly $36 million in Thursday’s previews. When we look at the history of the fifth premiere, the $36 million figure puts “Doctor Strange 2” as the eighth largest.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” has raised $60 million in advance tickets in the US and $85 million worldwide, with $125 million outside the US expected to reach $125 million by Sunday. The total for the opening weekend is expected to be $175 million.
The first “Doctor Strange” was released in 2016 and grossed $677 million worldwide, with $232 million in the United States alone. The film was directed by Scott Derrickson, who was supposed to return for the protagonist’s second film, but left the project due to creative differences. Directing then went to Sam Raimi, famous for Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man trilogy.
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