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Cash fees: “Doctor Strange 2” debuts with a heroic $ 185 million

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LOS ANGELES, May 8 (Variety.com) – Dr. Strange and his dubiously effective book of spells have amassed a blockbuster in North American cinemas for $ 185 million last weekend, reaffirming the dominance of Disney Marvel after the more volatile pandemic. -beaten down the year for the franchise.

The Dr. Strange Timeline in the Multi-Universe Madness is a return to form for the Disney MCU after the Black Widow was released in the COVID era ($ 80 million debut, plus $ 60 million at Disney Plus), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ”($ 75 million debut) and“ Eternal ”($ 71 million debut). Due to the pandemic and other mitigating circumstances, these payments did not justify their franchise predecessors in terms of ticket sales.

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These box office celebrations mark the 11th largest weekend in history. Given the anomaly of reaching these heights in the rental, “Doctor Strange 2” easily spent the biggest weekend of 2022, as well as the second largest debut in COVID-19. Prior to that weekend, “Batman” became the biggest weekend of the year with $ 134 million. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is still considered the biggest weekend at the start of the pandemic (and the second largest) with $ 260 million.

Abroad, the film grossed $ 265 million in 49 territories, bringing the total to $ 450 million. Since “Doctor Strange 2” is unlikely to be shown in China, Russia or Ukraine, the film will count on repeated viewings by viewers around the world to boost ticket sales for the coveted $ 1 billion mark. Only Spider-Man: No Way Home has been able to cross that threshold since the spread of COVID.

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In the domestic box office, the sequel to “Dr. Strange” surpassed all the first weekend of its predecessor in one day. “Doctor Strange 2” received $ 90 million on Friday alone, and the 2016 adventure “Doctor Strange” brought in $ 85 million from Friday to Sunday. Marvel and other major franchise movies tend to come to the fore in terms of ticket sales because fans want to be among the first to see the movie so as not to appear spoilers online and not spoil the fun. However, the sequel will soon surpass the final box office of the original “Doctor Strange,” which completed the box office with $ 232 million domestically and $ 677 million worldwide.

“Dr. Strange 2” is profitable as the next film to be rented from Sony “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, which became a must-see film and raised $ 1.89 billion worldwide. With the exciting adventures of Peter Parker as a precursor, as well as Disney’s marketing machine, which strongly teased several big surprises, “Doctor Strange” landed in thin air – even for a Marvel movie.

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Imax, 3D and other premium screens have also contributed to revenue growth for “Doctor Strange 2,” which cost $ 200 million to produce, not counting large marketing fees. According to Disney, 36% of total ticket sales at the box office accounted for premium formats. With $ 33 million from Imax alone, “Doctor Strange” is among the company’s top 10 first weekends.

“This is another sensational Marvel discovery by the dominant Marvel standard,” says David A. Gross, who runs the film consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research. “Dr. Strange is increasing its audience through a stronger next issue.”

Sam Raimi, the inspiration for the original Spider-Man trilogy, filmed “Dr. Strange in a Multi-World of Madness.” The film unfolds when the eponymous neurosurgeon who became the Avengers, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, casts a dangerous spell that forces him to travel to the multiverse to face a new mysterious adversary and alternate versions of himself. Along with Cumberbatch as: Chivetel Eggiafor as Carl Mord, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, Benedict Wong as Wong and Sachitl Gomez as America’s Chavez, a teenager who can travel between teenagers.

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“Doctor Strange 2” begins the summer blockbuster season with a bang. In the coming months, “Top Gun: Maverick” (May 27), “Jurassic World Dominion” (June 10) and “Thor: Love and Thunder” (July 8) should continue to boil in the hustle and bustle of the cinema. While “Multiworld of Madness” is looming in theaters (and occupies almost every screen in major theaters), a few remaining titles have completed the box office charts.

After two weeks in first place, the animated comedy Universal “Bad Guys” dropped to second place with $ 9.7 million from 3,839 venues. These revenues bring the film’s intrinsic value to $ 57 million.

Paramount’s family Sonic Hedgehog took third place with $ 6.2 million in 3,358 North American theaters. After five weeks on the big screen, the next film “Sonic” has collected 169.9 million dollars in domestic box office. It is one of the few sequels of the pandemic era that earns more than its predecessor in theaters. Sonic’s first adventure grossed $ 148 million in North America before COVID-19 forced multiplexes to close in March 2020.

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“Fantastic Monsters: Dumbledore’s Secrets” dropped to 4th place with $ 3.8 million from 3,051 screens. The latest chapter in the Harry Potter prequel series is considered the most lucrative in the Wizarding World’s largest franchise. To date, Dumbledore’s Mysteries has raised $ 86 million and could hardly exceed $ 100 million in the domestic market, a figure that previous Harry Potter films have seen in a matter of days.

The A24 film “Everywhere and All” beat Focus Features “North” in fifth place, with the former bringing in $ 3.3 million from 1,542 theaters and the latter $ 2.7 million from 2,413 theaters. The turnout this weekend continues with a big release of “Everywhere and All,” which challenges the genre starring Michelle Yoh, despite playing in far fewer cinemas than “North”. Since opening in cinemas seven weeks ago, “Everywhere” has raised an impressive $ 41 million in North America. To date, “North” has earned $ 28 million.

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At a special box office, IFC Films unveiled Audrey Carpet’s drama about abortions “Happening” in New York and Los Angeles cinemas, bringing in $ 34,000 at four venues. That’s $ 8,500 per seat. Happening, which unfolds in France in 1963, is coming to the big screen at a politically tense moment when the Supreme Court seems set to overturn Rowe v. Wade. IFC plans to deliver the film to more than 100 cities across the country next week.

“IFC Films is looking to bring Happening to the United States at this crucial time,” said Ariana Boca, President of IFC Films. “We hope that the audience will demand this film and that it will spur important conversations about our future. We are proud to continue our long tradition of sharing important women’s stories with audiences across the country. ”

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