How the 'Doctor Strange 2' Box Office Compares With the Rest of the MCU

Marvel fans were anticipating that the opening weekend of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would be an anti-climax compared to Spider-Man: No Way Home. However, the film has almost managed to match its predecessor at the box office.

Doctor Strange 2 opened one or two days early in many countries outside America, helping it to a massive opening weekend at the international box office. In fact, the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) had one of the best openers in movie history.

Multiverse of Madness managed to break the top five of best Marvel movie opening weekends, and just managed to miss out on the top five for all films.

Here's what Marvel movies beat it, and how Doctor Strange 2 compares to the opening weekend for the original movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange.

How much did Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness make at the box office?

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Benedict Cumberbatch in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." The film has had one of the all-time biggest box office opening weekends. Marvel

The second Doctor Strange film was released on Friday in the U.S., and by the end of the weekend had made $187 million (per The Numbers).

This total gives it the biggest opening weekend of the year so far in the United States, way ahead of The Batman's $134 million. This is indicative of the dominance that Marvel has achieved in theaters—who would have predicted a decade ago that a film starring a relatively obscure second-tier superhero would be in a position to defeat the Caped Crusader himself?

With a three or four-day opening weekend in many territories, the film also had a huge debut internationally, taking in $261 million outside of the U.S. for a worldwide total of $448 million.

How does Doctor Strange 2's box office compare to the rest of the MCU?

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Benedict Cumberbatch in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." The films more than doubled the opening weekend of the first Doctor Strange film. Marvel

Per The Numbers, Multiverse of Madness' opening weekend in America was the seventh-highest of any of the MCU films, behind:

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191 million)
  • Black Panther ($202 million)
  • The Avengers ($207 million)
  • Avengers: Infinity War ($258 million)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home ($260 million)
  • Avengers: Endgame ($357 million)

Out of all movies ever released in the U.S. (not adjusted for inflation), Multiverse of Madness has the 11th highest domestic opening weekend, behind those six Marvel movies above plus Star Wars Episode VII ($248 million), Star Wars Episode VIII ($220 million), Jurassic World ($209 million) and the "live-action" Lion King ($192 million).

A huge international opening weekend, however, means that its total weekend gross makes it the fourth highest worldwide opener of the MCU movie franchise (per Variety) behind the two latest Avengers films and the third Tom Holland-starring Spider-Man movie, and the sixth highest in general behind those films and Star Wars Episodes VII and VIII.

The second Doctor Strange film is also a huge box office improvement on the first. Cumberbatch's key role in the Infinity War and Endgame, and co-starring role in No Way Home has massively improved the character's standing, with the new film's opening weekend more than double the $85 million the first movie made in 2016.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is in cinemas now. The film is expected to come to Disney+ in July.