Marvel has done it again with an incredible opening for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The anticipated sequel has opened with a domestic haul of $ 185 million, an incredible opening that’s already made the film the third-highest grossing movie of the year. Factoring in the film’s overseas profits, Doctor Strange 2 has already pulled in an impressive $ 450 million. Of course, this puts In the Multiverse of Madness in the No. 1 spot at the box office by far, as No. 2 was not even close.
The animated feature The Bad Guys falls into the No. 2 spot in its third weekend in theaters, but this comes after holding the top spot for two weekends in a row. That film has pulled in $ 9.7 million domestically adding to its haul of $ 57.5 million in three weekends. Reviews for the film were also rather strong and director Pierre Perifel has expressed a desire to do a sequel.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is No. 3 at the box office for the weekend after first setting some of its own records. It is the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time, surpassing the success of the acclaimed original that was released just prior to the pandemic era. The Sonic sequel has claimed another $ 7.1 million in the US and Canada which brings its total domestic haul up to $ 170 million.
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The big budget sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore came up in the No. 4 spot with $ 3.9 million. Its total domestic haul is now up to $ 86 million with its fourth weekend in theaters, about $ 100,000 less than what Doctor Strange 2 just premiered with. Worldwide, it has garnered $ 363.7 million overall, but the numbers are well below what Warner Bros. has to offer. had been hoping for with the Harry Potter franchise feature. Mixed reviews and a boycott by Johnny Depp fans may have contributed to the disappointing ticket sales.
You have to give credit to the sleeper hit Everything Everywhere All at Once, which is in the No. 5 spot after seven weekends in theaters. It was not marketed quite as heavily as the big budget films that it’s surrounded by at the box office, but word of mouth coupled with strong reviews have kept pulling in filmgoers to see the movie every weekend. It pulled in $ 3.3 million to land at $ 41.5 total domestically. Not bad for a film with a $ 25 million budget that has been competing with such high-profile movies.
You can read more detailed box office information at The Numbers and you can see the full top 10 list for the domestic box office for the weekend below.
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – $ 185 million
- The Bad Guys – $ 9.7 million
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $ 7.1 million
- Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – $ 3.9 million
- Everything Everywhere All at Once – $ 3.3 million
- The Northman – $ 2.7 million
- The Lost City – $ 2.5 million
- The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent – $ 1.5 million
- Memory – $ 1.2 million
- Father Stu – $ 800K
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