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With the release of Marvel’s cinematic project, “Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness,” critics and observers have anticipated a record-shattering reception, and in the wake of the film’s opening weekend at the box office, Marvel is on course to rewrite the history of cinema.
The latest Marvel project, “Doctor Strange: in the Multiverse of Madness,” debuted at No. 1 with a gross earning of $265 million at the domestic box office this weekend. With a global total earnings of $450 million, Sam Raimi’s $200 million-budget MCU was knocked down to become the second biggest opening for a Hollywood movie during the pandemic era.
The PG-13 multiverse flick, starring Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Benedict Wong, scored a total of 75% critic approval rating (out of 315 reviews) and an 87% audience score on the no. 1 film critic website, Rotten Tomatoes.
The impressive numbers accumulated by the film fit in perfectly with the expectations of movie enthusiasts who predicted the movie would gross between $170 million and $185 million in North America. As a result, Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness became the 11th biggest opening in box office history.
Although a sequel, Multiverse of Madness debuted with more than double the opening weekend earnings of the original Doctor Strange, which notched an estimated $85 million in its opening weekend in 2016. thus placing “Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness” as the biggest opening of 2022 so far.
A Marvel movie performing well at the box office is not a surprise, as the franchise has garnered more than $25 billion in ticket sales since 2008 and holds numerous box office records. The impressive numbers racked up by Multiverse of Madness are great news for the theater industry, which is only just returning to normalcy following the pandemic.
Although box office hits such as “The Batman” and “Sonic The Hedgehog 2” have performed admirably in 2022, there is still some way to go before business can return to or exceed pre-pandemic levels.With summer (the most lucrative season) upon the filmmaking business, all hands are crossed in anticipation of the coming surge.
Luckily for Hollywood, several films are raring to go this season, and observers believe it would help the industry restore balance following a long lay-off when theaters were slammed shut. Among the projects predicted for success are “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel to the 1986 action film starring Tom Cruise; and “Elvis,” a biopic about the King starring Tom Hanks, set for release in June. “Jurassic World: Dominion,” the latest entry in the dinosaur saga,
Others include family films like Jordan Peele’s horror film, “Nope” in July, “Lightyear” from Pixar, and “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” to mention a few.
As for Marvel, this is only a start, as the hit machine still has an ace up its sleeves ahead of the summer. The next film in the blockbuster franchise set for release in July is “Thor: Love and Thunder,” starring Chris Hemsworth as the electrifying avenger.