On Thursday, Disney/Doctor Marvel’s Strange in the Multiverse of Madness continued to cast a spell on the international box office, raising the running off shore come to $85.7M after two days of release. With Thursday’s $36 million in domestic previews, the global total is already $121.7 million — and the weekend has only just begun.
Overseas, the sequel added 24 new markets on Thursday, bringing the total to 44 so far. On a like-for-like basis, the Sam Raimi-directed sequel is only 12% lower than Spider-Man: No Way Home, 172 percent higher than the original Doctor Strange, and 197 percent higher than The Batman.
The United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, and Mexico were added on Thursday. Notable in the mix was Benedict Cumberbatch’s sorcerer, which had a $6 million UK opening day, which was larger than No Time to Die, which also debuted on a Thursday. This is the market’s biggest opening Thursday of 2022 and the third-highest launch day during the pandemic era. The movie had an 83 percent market share.
There were No. 1s across the board in Latin America, with the film debuting in the Top 10 of all-time debuts in several markets, including Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Central America, and Peru. Brazil had the second-highest opening day during the pandemic and the sixth-highest in industry history, with $5.1 million. The company held a 93 percent market share. Mexico had the second-best opening day of the pandemic, ninth in history, and a 90 percent share with $8 million. All starts are No. 1 in Asia-Pacific. With $1.6M, Indonesia had a whopping 99 percent market share. Australia earned $4 million for the pandemic’s second-best launch day and has an 83 percent market share.
Review: Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’ In Sam Raimi’s Marvel’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, In the UAE, Israel, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia, DSITMOM had the second-best first day of the pandemic. Market share ranges from 70 to 93 percent.
Korea, a key hub for this title, leads all play through Thursday with $14.7 million (including today’s total of $19.4 million). Mexico ($8M), the United Kingdom ($6M), Japan ($5.3M), Brazil ($5.1M), France ($4.5M), Australia ($4M), Italy ($3.3M), Germany ($2.9M), and Malaysia ($2.8M) round out the top ten.