The Master of the Mystic Arts conjured up a mountain of cash this weekend.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness–the sequel to the 2016 Marvel hit–blew away the competition at the box office over the last three days (as expected) and made its mark in the record books.
The Sam Raimi-directed sequel–the first true Disney/Marvel horror film–raked in an estimated $185 million domestically and another $265 million overseas for a grand total of $450 million globally, according to a report on Deadline.
That sum is the second biggest global start for a Hollywood movie during the pandemic era, and the fourth-highest ever for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In like-for-likes, the sequel ranks sixth all-time in global openers.
Putting this success is perspective, the opening weekend for this Doctor Strange entry came in just 17 percent behind Spider–Man: No Way Home and a whopping 126 percent above The Batman.
The sequel–helmed by Raimi from a screenplay by Michael Waldron–stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Xochitl Gomez and Michael Stuhlbarg.
The Marvel Comics character of Dr. Stephen Strange–created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko–debuted in Strange Tales No. 110 back in 1963.
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