‘Doctor Strange 2’ Brings Most 2022 Opening Day Ticket Sales

The Walt Disney Co. announced on Sunday that the movie ‘Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness’ earned approximately $185 million in ticket sales in its first weekend in theaters in the United States and Canada, this making it the biggest opening of the year.

The movie eclipsed “The Batman,” which grossed $134 million, as the biggest movie of 2022. The second “Doctor Strange” was also the second-biggest movie since the coronavirus pandemic began, behind only “Spider-Man: No Way Home”. “, which grossed $260.1 million.

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange in a scene from “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”. (Marvel Studios via AP) (AP Newsroom)

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

The film surpassed the first film “Doctor Strange”, released in 2016, by around $100 million.

According to Comscore, the film’s ticket sales surpassed those of its competitors in the United States and Canada over the weekend.

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Xochitl Gomez, Benedict Wong and Benedict Cumberbatch in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”. (Marvel Studios via AP) (AP Newsroom)

Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s “The Bad Guys” came in at No. 2 with around $9.8 million in its third weekend, and Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” took No. 3 with 6. $2 million.

The new “Doctor Strange” is doing even better internationally with around $265 million since opening Wednesday.

The film is playing in 4,534 theaters in the United States and Canada, the seventh biggest opening ever according to Disney. IMAX, 3D and other premium format options accounted for 36% of the overall box office.

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Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ on Monday, May 2, 2022 at the El Capitan Theater. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Images) (AP Newsroom)

“The summer blockbuster season kicked off with a bang with ‘Doctor Strange’ – a great sign for the phenomenal slate to come,” IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond said in a statement.

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“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” reportedly cost around $200 million, excluding marketing and promotion costs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Herman C. Harkins