Whatever spell he’s casting, it seems to be working.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness–the highly anticipated and greatly hyped sequel to the 2016 Marvel hit–is taking the world by storm…and its opening weekend has just started.
The film–billed as the first true Marvel horror entry–has already earned an impressive $85.7 million through two days of release overseas and another $36 million in domestic previews Thursday–for a global total (so far) of a cool $121.7 million, according to a report on Deadline.
These numbers put the sequel 172 percent ahead of the original Doctor Strange and almost 200 percent ahead of The Batman, on a like-for-life basis.
The film debuts today in more than 4,500 theaters, with industry expectations now at $160 million for the three-day period. If that holds up, it would be the biggest opening for Disney in the pandemic era, obliterating the $75-million opening for Shang–Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
The movie–helmed by Sam 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 the legendary writer/artist team of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko–first appeared in Strange Tales No. 110 back in 1963.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest box office numbers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.