The Sam Raimi at the helm of “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has raked in more than $90 million in ticket sales between Thursday and Friday nights, putting the Marvel superhero sequel on track to become the biggest theatrical release of 2022 this weekend, despite poor reviews.
The star-studded film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange is expected to top $200 million in U.S. sales by Sunday, according to Variety, well above the $160 million to $180 million previously expected.
“DR. Strange” grossed an additional $139.3 million on international screens, bringing the Disney film’s total worldwide gross to date to $229.3 million, according to IMDB’s Box Office Mojo.
In second place Friday was The Bad Guys, an animated film from Dreamworks about misunderstood criminal animals trying to get good, which grossed $2.3 million. The film has grossed $50 million domestically and $132 million worldwide since its April 22 premiere, Box Office Mojo reported.
The animated “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” ranked third at the start of the weekend, with $1.5 million in ticket sales since it opened on April 8. Globally, it’s up to $327.8 million.
The Harry Potter franchise’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” took fourth place with box office sales of $1 million. Since opening on April 15, it has grossed $83.1 million from US screenings and $335.6 million worldwide.
“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” about an aging Chinese immigrant who is drawn into an adventure where she alone can save the world, ranked fifth with ticket sales of $951,212 earlier in the weekend. Since opening on March 25, the film has sold $39.2 million in US tickets and $43.1 million worldwide.