Doctor Strange 2 hints at the biggest opening weekend of 2022

The summer film season is off to a flying start thanks to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The superhero extravaganza grossed an estimated US$185 million in ticket sales in its first weekend in US and Canadian theaters, the Walt Disney Co said Sunday.

Not only did it more than double the opening of the first strange doctorwhich opened to US$85 million in 2016, it is also the biggest opening of the year, ahead of Batman’s US$134 million; the second largest in the pandemic, behind Spider-Man: No Coming Home US$260.1 million; and the sixth largest of all time in the world.

Internationally, it is doing even better with around US$265 million since opening on Wednesday. In total, Doctor Strange 2 has already made 450 million US dollars.

Spider Man is at least partly to thank for the massive debut. Benedict Cumberbatch’s mighty wizard appeared prominently in Spider-Man: No Coming Homewhich became the third biggest movie of all time since it opened in December. Doctor Strange 2 picks up several months after the events of No coming homeand brings in Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, who has become even more popular thanks to the recent Disney+ series Wanda Vision.

Cumberbatch appearing as Doctor Strange alongside Tom Holland in last year’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, which became the third highest-grossing film of all time. (Columbia Pictures/Marvel)

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

“The season of summer blockbusters is off to a flying start with strange doctor – a great sign for the phenomenal slate to come,” IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond said in a statement.

“A return to normal”

Hollywood’s summer movie season typically kicks off in early May and ends in late August and, with the exception of the past two years, has consistently accounted for more than US$4 billion in ticket sales (about 40% of box office receipts). the year).

Sam Raimi became a director Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnesswhich would have cost around US$200 million to manufacture, although this figure does not take into account the additional millions spent on marketing and promotion.

Over the weekend, the film trended on social media for everything from its many cameos to a heated debate over its PG-13 rating (the film is rated PG in Canada) and whether the horror elements whether or not they warranted something more restrictive.

“This is a total win for the industry for which the last two summers have been almost nonexistent in terms of box office,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “Marvel has been kicking off summers for over a decade. It’s a return to normal.”

There was little left for other films showing in theaters. This is partly due to the fact that many multiplexes have opted to pack their venues with wall-to-wall strange doctor projections. Film critic Matt Singer tweeted a photo of an AMC in Manhattan offering 70 screenings on Thursday alone.

Universal and DreamWorks Animation The villains fell to second place in its third weekend with an estimated US$9.8 million, while sonic the hedgehog 2from Paramount, ranked third with US$6.2 million.

Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets took fourth place with US$3.9 million, bringing its domestic total to US$86 million. And in fifth place was another multiverse-themed film, Everything everywhere all at once. It saw a slight decline in its seventh weekend, but continues to pick up steam with an additional US$3.3 million from 1,542 screens in its seventh weekend in theaters. The A24 film made $41.6 million in total.

Michelle Yeoh stars in Everything Everywhere All At Once, which was the fifth highest-grossing film at the box office in its seventh week in theaters. (A24)

The success of Doctor Strange 2 only builds momentum for big summer movies to come, like Top Gun: Maverick May 27.

“We have a real summer movie season on our hands, something we couldn’t have imagined two years ago,” Dergarabedian said. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore (final national numbers to be released Monday):

1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, 185 million US dollars.
2. The villains, 9.8 million US dollars.
3. sonic the hedgehog 2, 6.2 million US dollars.
4. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets3.9 million US dollars.
5. Everything everywhere all at once, 3.3 million US dollars.
6. The Nordic, 2.8 million US dollars.
7. the lost city, 2.5 million US dollars.
8. The unbearable weight of massive talent, 1.5 million US dollars.
9. Memory, 1.2 million US dollars.
ten. Father Stu, US$800,000.