Doctor Strange 2 Reaches the $800 million mark
After three weekends, Doctor Strange 2 is still at the top of the box office, which should come as a shock. The sequel, directed by Sam Raimi, is presently showing in 4,534 theaters around the country. “Downtown Abbey: A New Era” debuted in theaters this week, with a total weekend gross of $16 million at the US box office, according to Variety. It performed better abroad, with a worldwide total of $51.7 million as of the end of this weekend.
One of the most pressing concerns confronting movie theaters today is audience diversification. Clearly, the audiences targeted by huge superhero blockbusters are buying tickets in droves. But they’re also encouraging people of all ages to attend screenings. This is critical to rebuilding the industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And there is some good news: a few weeks ago, Pierre Perifel’s The Bad Guys was a hit with pre-teens, and now Simon Curtis’ Downton Abbey: A New Era has successfully enticed older viewers back to the big screen.
Doctor Strange 2 joins Spider-Man: No Way Home
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This implies that the MCU now holds the top two highest totals for any Hollywood film since theaters reopened, with Doctor Strange 2 trailing only Spider-Man: No Way Home’s $1.89 billion total. In the following weeks, we expect it to surpass the totals of last year’s Chinese blockbuster hits Hi, Mom ($822 million) and “The Battle at Lake Changjin” ($902 million). Multiverse of Madness retained the top slot in North American cinemas, collecting $31.6 million from domestic theaters for a total of $342 million in North America. With this and its $461 million in overseas markets, the Benedict Cumberbatch-led sequel has already reached $800 million worldwide.
That’s not bad, but it’s worth noting that $31.6 million is roughly half of what Multiverse of Madness earned in its second weekend, and it was already down 67.5 percent from its debut weekend. As previously reported, this made it the second-largest second-weekend decrease in Marvel Cinematic Universe history, after only Black Widow. The Johansson-led movie also did not have the benefit of being exclusive to theaters, as it received a simultaneous Disney+ Premier Access release.
It was only recently that Doctor Strange 2 made $700 million at the box office. With $900 million the next stop, it’s unknown if the horror-themed movie can join the billion-dollar group without China.
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Doctor Strange 2 is also extremely likely to become Sam Raimi’s most successful film to date. The new blockbuster has yet to outperform 2007’s Spider-Man 3 ($894.9 million) or the original Spider-Man from 2002 ($821.7 million). Moreover, it has outperformed 2004’s Spider-Man 2 ($794.7 million).