How the opening weekend of Multiverse of Madness compares to 2016’s Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has definitely been a financial hit so far. The film is igniting the box office like nothing else in 2022 and is a triumphant return for Marvel’s doctor good. This is particularly noticeable when compared to his first film.

The first Doctor Strange was also successful, but not comparable to what the new film did. This can be attributed to a few different factors, but the result is a huge win for Marvel’s bottom line. This is what the two look like Strange Compare movies in monetary terms.

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How did the first Doctor Strange fare in its opening weekend?

Released in the US and many other territories on November 4, 2016, Doctor Strange was greeted with fair to good reviews. This was par for the course at this point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it was reflected in the decent box office earnings for its opening weekend. The box office hits of 2016 Doctor Strange in the United States and Canada about $85 million after the first weekend. Likewise, the film earned $107 million in its opening weekend from 33 different international markets.


This brought total opening weekend earnings to approximately $192 million. From there, Doctor Strange would gross $677 million at the box office. This was very impressive given that Strange himself wasn’t particularly well known and wasn’t as established in previous films as some of the other Avengers. That magic amount of money was just the tip of the iceberg for Doctor Strange, however, and his second film was a much bigger hit in its first weekend.

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“Doctor Strange 2” easily topped the box office at its opening weekend premiere

Released early May 2022, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness came out nearly six years after the original film. This was due to the MCU’s busy schedule of filming several crossovers and original films for other heroes in the meantime. That gap between releases, however, only served to fuel the magic of Strange, as evidenced by how much the second film made.

On its opening weekend Multiverse of Madness earned $185 million in the US and Canada and $265 million in other territories. That brought its opening weekend gross to about $450 million, nearly half the billion-dollar mark. This can be attributed to Doctor Strange’s increasing popularity since the first film, likely due to his central role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. This time around there are more characters, including Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and universe-hopping teenager America Chavez.

There’s also the fact that, given its premise, many expected the film to build on the multiversal cameo shenanigans of Spider-Man: No Way Home. To a small extent it did, but it wasn’t quite what some viewers might have imagined. This may be one of the reasons why the film’s reviews, while still mostly positive, are still rather muted and tepid for such an anticipated MCU entry. Nevertheless, Multiverse of Madness is a smash hit that is sure to bring in even more money and continue the success story of the MCU and Doctor Strange.

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