The Walt Disney Company announced on Sunday that Movie “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” grossed an estimated $185 million in ticket sales during its first weekend in theaters in the United States and Canada, making it the biggest opening of the year.
The film surpassed “Batman,” which grossed $134 million, to be the biggest movie of 2022. The second film, “Doctor Strange,” was the second biggest movie since then. Corona virus pandemic It started, only lagging behind Spider-Man: Far From Home, which grossed $260.1 million.
“This is a complete win for an industry that has almost never had the last two summers in terms of the box office,” said Paul DeGarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “Marvel started summer over a decade ago. This is a return to normalcy.”
The film beat the first “Doctor Strange” movie, which was released in 2016, by an estimated $100 million.
According to Comscore, the movie’s ticket sales exceeded those of its rivals in the United States and Canada over the weekend.
Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s “The Bad Guys” came in second with an estimated $9.8 million in its third weekend, while Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” took third place with $6.2 million.
The new “Doctor Strange” is doing better internationally with an estimated value of $265 million since its opening day on Wednesday.
The film is showing in 4,534 theaters in the United States and Canada, the seventh largest opening of all time according to Disney. IMAX, 3D, and other premium format options account for 36% of the total box office.
“The groundbreaking summer season is off to a rocky start with ‘Doctor Strange’ – an excellent nod to the massive roster ahead,” Imax CEO Rich Gelfond said in a statement.
“Doctor Strange’s Multiverse In Madness” reportedly cost around $200 million, excluding marketing and merchandising costs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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