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Doctor Strange 2 Opening Day Box Office Ups Weekend Projections To $200M

Doctor Strange 2 takes in an enormous $90 million on its opening day in the domestic box office, increasing its weekend projections by $25 million.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now being projected to an even higher opening weekend gross of $200 million after an incredible opening day. The film is the second solo film for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange after his introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016’s eponymous movie. Although that film opened as the ninth-lowest weekend of the entire franchise, the character’s popularity has grown considerably since then following his appearance in the Avengers crossover films Infinity War and Endgame, as well as popular entries like Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is now the third highest-grossing domestic film of all time.

Doctor Strange 2 directly continues the story established in No Way Home, which saw Peter Parker (Tom Holland) approaching Cumberbatch’s character to cast a spell that makes everyone in the world forget his secret identity. When he distracts Strange during the spellcasting, the multiverse begins to collapse in on itself, sending villains from previous Spider-Man universes into the MCU along with former Peter Parkers played by Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire. Multiverse of Madness will show that this problem wasn’t entirely resolved at the end of Spider-Man, and Strange will have to team up with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Wong (Benedict Wong), and new multiverse-hopping heroine America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) to stop a terrifying new threat and a variety of multiversal variants including Evil Doctor Strange.

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Per DeadlineDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has just raked in an opening day of $90 million at the domestic box office. This is the seventh-highest opening day in box office history, and the fifth MCU entry to join the top 10, after Avengers: EndgameSpider-Man: No Way Home, and Avengers: Infinity War, and ahead of Avengers: Age of Ultron. This has increased the original Doctor Strange 2 opening weekend projections by $25 million to a total of $200 million overall.

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Even if it had performed at the lower range of its projections (around $160 million), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would have achieved the highest opening of 2022 so far. It has summarily beat the previous 2022 number one holder The Batman, which opened at $135 million the weekend of March 4. This will also make it the second-best opening weekend for any film since the beginning of the pandemic, just behind Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is likely experiencing an extra-strong opening off the back of multiversal shenanigans that also include the introduction of Patrick Stewart’s X-Men character Professor X to the MCU. No Way Home proved the box office power of this kind of crossover, so that may lead to it being the number 1 film of the year, even with several Marvel projects following it later in 2022. However, the next entry, Thor: Love and Thunder, will feature Thor crossing over with the Guardians of the Galaxy, so it remains to be seen which Marvel entry will eventually reign supreme.

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Source: Deadline

  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
  • The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023

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