“Doctor Strange 2” evokes the largest opening of 2022

the summer movie season a great success begins thanks to ” Doctor Strange and the multiverse of madness. ” The superhero extravaganza grossed about $ 185 million in ticket sales on its first weekend in US and Canadian theaters, the Walt Disney Co.

Not only has it more than doubled the opening of the first “Doctor Strange”, which opened for $ 85 million in 2016, it is also the biggest opening of the year, ahead of “The Batman’s” $ 134 million; the second largest in the pandemic, behind “Spider-Man: Far From Home’s” $ 260.1 million; and the sixth largest of all time globally.

Internationally, it’s faring even better with an estimate of $ 265 million since opening Wednesday. In total, “Doctor Strange 2” has already earned $ 450 million.

Spider-Man is at least in part to thank for the great debut. Benedict Cumberbatch’s powerful sorcerer featured prominently in ” Spider-Man: There is no way to go homeWhich became the third biggest film of all time since opening in December. “Doctor Strange 2” picks up several months after the events of “No Way Home” and brings Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, who has become even more popular thanks to the recent Disney + series. “Wanda Vision”.

The film also has a giant footprint. It is scheduled for 4,534 theaters in the United States and Canada alone, which according to Disney is the seventh largest opening ever. Premium format screens, including IMAX and 3D, accounted for 36% of the overall box office.

Sam Raimi He stepped forward to direct “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which reportedly cost about $ 200 million, even if that number doesn’t take into account the many more millions spent on marketing and promotion.

Over the weekend, the film went out of fashion on social media for everything from its numerous cameos to a heated debate over its PG-13 rating and whether or not the horror elements warranted something more restrictive.

There was little left for other films in theaters. In part this is due to the fact that many multiplexes have chosen to fill their cinemas with “Doctor Strange” wall-to-wall projections. Film critic Matt Singer tweeted a photo of a Manhattan AMC offering 70 screenings on Thursday alone.

Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s “The Bad Guys” dropped to second place in its third weekend with an estimated $ 9.8 million, while Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” finished third with $ 6.2 million. Millions of dollars.

“Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets” came in fourth with $ 3.9 million, bringing the national total to $ 86 million. And in fifth place was another multiverse themed movie, “Everything Everywhere All At Once”. It had a slight dip in its seventh weekend, but is still accelerating with another $ 3.3 million from 1,542 screens in its seventh weekend in theaters. The A24 film grossed $ 41.6 million in total.