‘Doctor Strange 2’ Soars to a Sensational $90 Million on Friday – The Hollywood Reporter

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Marvel Studios and Disney Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is on track to score between $185 million and $200 million in its domestic debut and land one of the biggest openings of all time domestically after grossing a whopping $90 million on Friday.

Disney is more conservative in suggesting an opening weekend between $170 million and $185 million.

Friday’s haul – which included $36 million in Thursday previews – is the seventh-biggest opening day ever and gives the Marvel Cinematic Universe five of the top 10 opening days of all. the temperature. It’s also more than the entire opening weekends of 10 MCU titles, including the first. strange doctorwhich opened at $85.1 million in 2016, not adjusted for inflation.

Directed by Sam Raimi, the $200 million tentpole returns Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. Doctor Strange 2 began opening overseas on Wednesday, grossing $139.3 million so far for a worldwide total of $229.3 million through Friday.

The performance of the sequel is a huge win as Hollywood and theater owners kick off the summer 2022 box office season. delayed tents.

Doctor Strange 2 is playing in 4,545 theaters, the most locations in the pandemic and the fifth most ever, another sign that the film industry is emerging from COVID-19 after more than two years of crises and start-ups. While overall attendance is still down from “normal” times, moviegoer confidence is at an all-time high.

Another draw: Imax and other cinema operators are heavily promoting the fact that the first trailer for James Cameron’s sequel Avatar: The Way of the Water premieres exclusively in front theaters Doctor Strange 2.

The generally well-reviewed superhero pic earned a B+ CinemaScore in the US, and so far it’s being powered by moviegoers between the ages of 18 and 34. Men accounted for more than 62% of Friday ticket buyers.

After the first strange doctorCumberbatch’s character gained even more exposure when he appeared in Avengers: Infinity War and, much more recently, Sony and Marvel’s $1.9 billion blockbuster Spider-Man: No Coming Homewhich grossed a near-record $122 million on its first Friday (including $50 million in previews) en route to a domestic debut of $260.1 million.

If it hits $200 million, Raimi’s film would have the sixth-biggest opening for a superhero title behind Black Panther ($202 million), The Avengers ($207.3 million), Avengers: Infinity War ($257.7 million), Spider-Man: No Coming Home ($260.1 million) and Avengers: Endgame ($357.1 million).

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness pick up where No coming home interrupted, with Stephen Strange coming to the aid of a young girl named America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) who can jump through different universes. Now, however, a demonic force is trying to steal his powers.

Part sentimental, part horror, part comedy, and always action-packed, the ensuing adventure sees the quirky superhero take on the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), meet an old flame (Rachel McAdams), make calls on a former sidekick who has now transformed into the Sorcerer Supreme (Benedict Wong) and meets Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). There are also key cameos regarding other MCU properties, but readers won’t find any spoilers here.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is rated PG-13.

May 5, 7:55 a.m. Updated with Friday’s raw numbers and revised estimates.

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