The premiere of ‘Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness’ on May 6 is giving Marvel Studios the latest unbridled phenomenon at the global box office. Once the first weekend of the premiere had passed, we learned that he was achieving one of the best starts in the UCM and placing himself as the fifth best Marvel premiere in our country. Now, After seven days in theaters, Sam Raimi’s film has already surpassed the $500 million barrier worldwide, according to Exhibitor Relations.
After reaping 213.6M at the domestic box office and reaching 284.2M at the international box office, last Tuesday, May 10, ‘Doctor Strange 2’ unstoppably entered the half-million club thanks to its 507.8M dollars, a figure that Marvel Studios movies usually reach without problems. What is surprising in this case is how quickly the sequel to ‘Doctor Strange (Doctor Strange)’ has achieved this, which, after the opening weekend, quickly positioned itself at 449.4M dollars in total (with 262.4M abroad and 187M in the United States), according to dead line.
With these numbers, ‘Doctor Strange 2’ has been placed as the second best opening worldwide in the post-pandemic era for Marvel and the fourth best opening in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe internationally, only behind ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’. Regarding his own particular saga, ‘Doctor Strange 2’ is only 200M away from beating ‘Doctor Strange’ at the box office that he collected throughout his run, further proof of the madness that this new installment of the ex-Sorcerer is assuming Supreme.
With nothing to stop him
The truth is that a part of ‘Doctor Strange 2’ had it difficult with depending on the audience. The character of América Chávez, played by Xochitl Gomez, was going to be object of criticism as it is a Latin character and with LGTBIQ + representation. Even Benedict Wong himself had to come out to defend the young actress from homophobic and retrograde comments. This has also meant that the film has been censored in countries such as Saudi Arabia, China or Russia.
However and despite everything, ‘Doctor Strange 2’ continues at an unstoppable pace and it is more than likely that it will enter the select group of Marvel Studios movies that have reached a billion dollars at the global box office, rubbing shoulders with installments as big as the Avengers movies, ‘Black Panther’, ‘Captain America : Civil War’ or the last two of Spider-Man.