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‘Doctor Strange 2’ conjures up biggest 2022 opening

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The summer movie season is off to a blockbuste­r start thanks to Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. The superhero extravagan­za grossed an estimated $185 million in ticket sales in its first weekend in U.S. and Canadian theaters, the Walt Disney Co. said Sunday.

Not only did it more than double the opening of the first Doctor Strange, it’s also the biggest opener of the year, ahead of The Batman’s $134 million; the second biggest of the pandemic, behind Spider-man: Far From Home’s $260.1 million; and the sixth biggest of all time globally.

Spider-man is at least partially to thank for the massive debut. Benedict Cumberbatc­h’s powerful sorcerer appeared prominentl­y in Spider-man: No Way Home, which has become the third biggest movie of all time since opening in December.

“Summer blockbuste­r season is off to a roaring start with Doctor Strange — an excellent sign for the phenomenal slate ahead,” Rich Gelfond, the CEO of IMAX, said in a statement.

“This is a total win for the industry for whom the last two summers almost didn’t exist in terms of box office,” said Paul Dergarabed­ian, the senior media analyst for Comscore.

“Marvel has been kicking off summers for over a decade. This is a return to normalcy.” AP

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