The latest Marvel movie, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” brought in a whopping $185 million in its domestic debut.
Disney’s latest flick brought in the highest haul of any movie released in 2022 thus far. Internationally, the film generated $265 million in ticket sales, bringing its global total to $450 million.
“Nothing says movie theaters are back more than a Marvel movie posting a monumental debut,” remarked Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “This is great news for the industry, moviegoers and the slate of films set to open in the coming weeks.”
According to EntTelligence, roughly 13.5 million moviegoers saw “Doctor Strange” over the weekend, the second most attended film since the pandemic started. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is the current record-holder with 20.6 million patrons on its first weekend.
The next highly anticipated movie on the docket is “Top Gun: Maverick” followed in quick succession by “Jurassic World: Dominion,” “Lightyear,” “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and “Thor: Love and Thunder.” All of these films will debut between now and through the end of July.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” showcases “the global demand for big-screen events, premium formats, and shared experiences in a movie theater,” explained Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com.
“It’s exactly the kind of launch to this summer that the entire industry was hoping for, and it perfectly sets the pace for a strong slate of films opening over the next few months.”
The average ticket price for the film was just shy of $13, according to EntTelligence, and premium format tickets went for $16.25 while 3D tickets cost $15.44.
On another note, many ticketholders are now deliberating whether the movie’s PG-13 rating is appropriate, or whether the MPAA should have awarded it with a higher age restriction.
The Doctor Strange sequel received a PG-13 rating for “intense sequences of violence and action, frightening images, and some language.” Several people have since argued that the film should have been rated R because of its occasional graphic violence and horror elements, while others have commended Sam Raimi for pushing the movie to the edge of the rating threshold.
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