Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

‘Doctor Strange 2’ conjures up biggest opening of 2022


NEW YORK » 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,” which opened to $85 million in 2016, 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.

Internatio­nally, it’s doing even better with an estimated $265 million since opening Wednesday. In total, “Doctor Strange 2” has already made $450 million.

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. “Doctor Strange 2” picks up several months after the events of “No Way Home,” and brings in Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff.

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