‘Doctor Strange 2’ Fires Up With $36M Previews – Deadline

Refresh for updates Disney/Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness racked up $36M from previews that began at 3PM. That’s the 2nd best preview during the pandemic after Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s $50M back in December. Overall, it’s the eigth largest preview performance ever, ranking behind Avengers: Infinity War‘s $39M in 2018.

The Sam Raimi directed movie debuts in 4,534 theaters, making it the 7th widest opening footprint ever. As is typical with any Marvel movie, the question is how frontloaded Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is. Industry expectations are at least $160M. Critics aren’t as wowed by this sequel as they were with the first one, 77% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes to 89% Certified fresh on the 2016 edition. Doctor Strange 2 is also significantly below the last Marvel movie, Spider-Man: No Way Home which garnered 93% certified fresh.

Doctor Strange 2 also notched the fifth highest Thursday night preview ever for IMAX with $4.2M in ticket sales from 410 auditoriums.

On Tuesday, Disney had measured $60M in ticket presales for Doctor Strange 2, behind No Way Home‘s $120M.

Nancy will have more, but overseas for Doctor Strange 2 through the first two days stands at $85.7M, which is -12% behind No Way Home, +172% ahead of Doctor Strange and +197% ahead of The Batman on a like-for-like basis. Like Batman, Doctor Strange 2 doesn’t have China our Russia in its offshore bookings.


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