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Disney/Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Opens with $185 Million Blockbuster Weekend

Disney/Marvel Studios’ sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness didn’t disappoint, generating a projected $185 million in North America ticket sales across more than 4,500 screens through Mother’s Day (May 8). Globally, the superhero actioner collected a whopping $450 million, and the second-highest North American opening since the pandemic began behind the $260 million generated by Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home last December.

Starring Bennedict Cumberbatch in the title role, Doctor Strange 2 dominated North American ticket sales, grabbing 84% of all revenue. The imbalance left the rest of the theatrical slate with slim pickings. Universal Pictures’ animated release The Bad Guys is expected to generate almost $10 million in its third weekend, bringing the domestic total past $57 million.

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Paramount Pictures’ sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2 added a projected $6.2 million to up its North American total to $170 million, and $350 million globally after five weekends. Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore added almost $4 million to up its domestic total to $86 million ($339 million worldwide) after four weekends.

Lionsgate’s Nicolas Cage comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent took in an estimated $1.52 million across 1,331 screens in North America. Through Sunday, the film has grossed an estimated $16.38 million in North America.

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