By Stephen Ippolito | May 8th, 2022
During its opening weekend, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness brought in a massive $185M at the box office in North America. That figure is good enough to be the 11th biggest opening of all-time and 7th biggest for an MCU film. It’s also the highest opening for any film in 2022 (The Batman $134M).
According to Deadline, many believe that Disney will probably raise its total to $190M+ by Monday morning. Because numbers are still coming in throughout Sunday, this kind of adjustment is common amongst studios. However, as of right now the House of Mouse is calling it $185M.
What’s impressive about Multiverse of Madness’ opening is that it more than doubled what the first Doctor Strange film made ($85M) when it hit theaters back in November 2016. According to Fandango’s Erik Davis, the $100M improvement is the biggest box office lift between a first and second movie in MCU history.
Internationally, the $200M budgeted sequel brought in an impressive $265M, giving it a worldwide total of $450M (10th all-time). This includes a pandemic record $30M from South Korea. The first Doctor Strange made $677M worldwide.
With it nearly already halfway there, I would say that there’s a very strong chance that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness becomes the second film in the pandemic era to cross $1B worldwide (Spider-Man: No Way Home $1.89B). If it does make it to the $1B club, it will of course have to do it without a release in arguably the world’s biggest box office market in China.
Have you seen Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness yet?