‘Doctor Strange 2’ flies to sensational $90 million Friday – The Hollywood Reporter

Game on.

Marvel Studios and Disneys Doctor Strange in the multiverse of Madness is on track to score $185 million to $200 million in its domestic debut and land one of the biggest domestic openings of all time after a huge $90 million profit on Friday.

Disney is more conservative in suggesting an opening weekend in the $170 million to $185 range.

Friday’s catch — which includes $36 million in previews — is the seventh biggest opening day of all time, giving the Marvel Cinematic Universe five of the top 10 opening days ever. It’s also more than the entire opening weekends of 10 MCU titles, including the first Doctor Strangewhich opened to $85.1 million in 2016, unadjusted for inflation.

Directed by Sam Raimi, the tentpole Benedict Cumberbatch returns in the titular role. Doctor Strange 2 began opening overseas on Wednesday, earning an impressive $139.3 million through Friday for an early worldwide total of $229.3 million.

The sequel’s performance so far is a huge win as Hollywood and theater owners kick off the talk season in the summer of 2022. After two years of battling due to the pandemic, studios are preparing to release a parade of delayed tent poles.

Doctor Strange 2 plays in 4,545 theaters, the largest number of locations from the pandemic and the fifth largest of all time, another sign that the film industry is emerging from COVID-19 after more than two years of fits and starts. While total attendance is still lower than before the pandemic, moviegoer confidence is at an all-time high.

Another draw: Imax and other cinema operators are promoting the fact that the first teaser trailer for James Cameron’s sequel Avatar: The way of the water premieres exclusively in cinemas.

The generally well-reviewed Doctor Strange 2 earned a B+ CinemaScore in the US, and so far is fueled by moviegoers aged 18-34. Men made up more than 62 percent of ticket buyers on Friday.

After the first Doctor StrangeCumberbatch’s character gained even more visibility when he appeared in Avengers: Infinity War and, much more recently, the $1.9 billion blockbuster Sony and Marvel Spider-Man: No Way Homewhich grossed a near-record $122 million (including $50 million in previews) on its first Friday on its way to a $260.1 million domestic debut.

If it hits $200 million, Raimi’s movie would have the sixth-largest opening for a superhero title behind it Black Panther ($202 million), The Avengers ($207.3 million), Avengers: Infinity War ($257.7 million), Spider-Man: No Way Home ($260.1 million) and Avengers: Endgame ($357.1 million).

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness picks up where No way home stopped, with Stephen Strange coming to the rescue of a young girl named America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) who can jump through different universes. Now a demonic force is trying to steal her powers.

Part sentimental, part horror, part comedy and always action packed. In the adventure that follows, the quirky superhero must face the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), meet an old flame (Rachel McAdams), enlist the help of a former sidekick now transformed into the Sorcerer Supreme (Benedict Wong), and Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) meets. There are also significant cameos related to other MCU features, but readers won’t find any spoilers here.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is rated PG-13.

May 5, 7:55 am Updated with Friday gross and revised estimates.

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