By Stephen Ippolito | May 6th, 2022
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is off to a very strong start at the domestic box office. During Thursday previews (showings began at 3pm) the sequel managed to bring in an astonishing $36M in North America. That tally is good enough for eighth all-time and second during the pandemic era (Spider-Man: No Way Home’s $50M).
While weekend estimates are still all over the place, most conclude that the Phase Four film will bring in at least $160M. The highest I’ve seen is from Forbes’ Scott Mendelson, who says that it could bring in as much as $220M.
Regardless of how high its total goes, one thing is for certain and that’s Multiverse of Madness is very likely to double the amount the first film (Doctor Strange) earned during its opening weekend. Back in November 2016, it made $85M and finished its run stateside with $232M. By the middle of next week, Multiverse of Madness will likely have already passed that total.
Worldwide, the Benedict Cumberbatch-led film is expected to bring in more than $300M this weekend. While the movie will not get a release in China (arguably the world’s biggest box office market), it still has a chance to become the second film in the pandemic era to earn $1B+ globally (Spider-Man: No Way Home $1.89B).
Have you seen Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness yet?