Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen was released in theaters worldwide. Audiences swarmed theaters this past weekend, with the film grossing $187.4 million domestically and $265 million internationally.
The excitement around the Sorceror Supreme sequel has been loud, especially after the huge success (monetary and critical) of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Couple that with director Sam Raimi’s return to comic book movies and the endless list of possible cameos, and Multiverse of Madness became the 11th highest-grossing opening weekend of all time.
It’s not all rainbows and sunshine for Marvel’s hilarious wizard, however. The Direct’s review said “…the simple nature of the plot makes it seem silly at times…” and “The lack of deep diving will leave some disappointed…” Doctor Strange 2 is currently 74% on Rotten Tomatoes (not certified fresh) and has a CinemaScore of B+.
The lack of overwhelmingly positive word of mouth after a white-hot opening is a recipe for a disappointing second weekend.
Doctor Strange suffers an historic slump at the box office
Marvel Studios Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness grossed $16.7 million on Friday, down 81% from the $90.7 million in domestic earnings on opening day. This is the second-worst second Friday loss for an MCU film. projections The film is down 65% to 69% this second weekend, grossing between $60 million and $65 million.
Already in December Spider-Man: No Way Home suffered an incredibly steep drop of 83.9% on the second Friday, but that was on Christmas Eve. That drop on Friday didn’t seem to account for much, as Tom Holland’s third Spidey flick is the third-highest-grossing domestic box office of all time ($804.6 million).
Other comparable drops on the second Friday can be seen below:
Does the multiverse of madness have legs?
Have current forecasts Multiverse of Madness total between $380 and $405 million domestically. A multitude. Let’s narrow that down.
Captain America: Civil War was released on May 6, 2016. Chris Evans’ third Captain America film grossed $179.1 million in its opening weekend. Exactly six years later Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was released on May 6 and grossed $187.9 million.
Three weeks later, X-Men: Apocalypse was released on May 27th. In three weeks, Top Gun: Maverick hits theaters on May 27th. Was Apocalypse a Success? no will Top gun 2 be more successful? Probably.
Captain America: Civil War finished his domestic box office run and earned $408 million. The Chris Evans-led Threequel also has a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and received an A grade from CinemaScore. It’s like comparing apples to oranges, but when both were plucked from the same tree.
The general consensus is that Multiverse of Madness Didn’t live up to the hype and will hurt it in the long run, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a big earner. If it falls by the wayside Multiverse of Madness may reduce its total domestic supply to $395-$405 million.
Falling anywhere in that range would make it the 10th highest-grossing MCU film in North America. A realistic goal after becoming the seventh highest opening weekend in Marvel Studios history.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness plays in cinemas worldwide.