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'Doctor Strange' conjures big box office opening for Marvel

'Doctor Strange' conjures big box office opening for Marvel



Elizabeth Olsen on her 'Doctor Strange' roleReplayMore Videos ... (16 Videos)Elizabeth Olsen on her 'Doctor Strange' roleWatch: New footage from the 'Game of Thrones' prequel 'House of the Dragon'Whoopi Goldberg goes off on anti-abortion advocatesLate night hosts compare SCOTUS draft opinion to dystopian seriesSee James Codren's emotional announcement that he's leaving 'The Late Late show'Ed Sheeran releases music video filmed in UkraineWatch: Rudy Giuliani revealed as 'The Masked Singer' contestantLate night hosts sound off on mask mandate decision Iconic prop from 'The Shining' can be yours for a scary price'I'm shocked I have clothes on too': Watch Lizzo host 'Saturday Night Live'Future of Netflix looks grim as company value dropsVideo of mom at Elton John concert goes viral on TikTok'It's insane': Johnny Depp's friend breaks down during testimony68-year-old composer plays wild 'Simpsons' theme song remix at CoachellaSquirrel from 'Ice Age' movies finally gets his acorn in farewell videoWhy Selena Gomez hasn't been on Instagram in over four yearsNew York (CNN Business)"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness," the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, made an estimated $185 million domestically for its opening this weekend, according to Disney (DIS).

That number hit the high end of expectations, which had the film making around $170 million to $185 million in North America. It also makes "Multiverse of Madness," which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the superhero sorcerer, the 11th biggest opening in domestic box office history.If that wasn't enough, the film's debut more than doubled the opening weekend of the original "Doctor Strange," which notched an $85 million weekend in 2016. "Multiverse of Madness" easily stands as the biggest opening of 2022 so far. 'Doctor Strange' enters the multiverse, in what might be the most insanely Marvel movie yetThe film, which has Doctor Strange battling evil forces across parallel universes, has already made $450 million worldwide.A Marvel movie doing well at the box office is not a surprise. The franchise has garnered more than $25 billion in ticket sales since 2008 and holds multiple box office records. However, this news is great for a theater industry that is still trying to reach a level of normalcy after the pandemic decimated business.Read MoreThanks to hits like March's "The Batman" and April's "Sonic The Hedgehog 2," the box office has bounced back this year, but it still has a long way to go in order to reach pre-pandemic heights. But more openings like "Multiverse of Madness" this summer, historically the industry's most lucrative season, could help change that. Luckily for Hollywood, there are several films on the docket this season that could help theaters bring in audiences.There's "Top Gun: Maverick," the sequel to the beloved 1986 action film starring Tom Cruise. "Jurassic World: Dominion," is the latest entry in the dinosaur saga, and "Elvis," a biopic about The King starring Tom Hanks as Col. Tom Parker is due in June. Notable family films include "Lightyear" from Pixar and "Minions: The Rise of Gru." Jordan Peele's latest horror film, "Nope," opens in July.As for Marvel, the hit machine isn't done with the summer just yet. "Thor: Love and Thunder," the next film in the blockbuster franchise starring Chris Hemsworth as the electrifying Avenger, hits theaters in July.


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