May 22, 2022
Disney/Marvel Studios’ theatrical hit, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, remained unchallenged for a third weekend, generating an estimated $31.6 million in North American ticket sales through May 22. The sequel starring Bennedict Cumberbatch in the title role saw its domestic tally top $342 million and $803 million globally.
The global tally now exceeds the theatrical results for MGM Studios’ James Bond actioner No Time to Die ($774 million) and Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC superhero The Batman ($768 million).
The ongoing strong box office results were enough to thwart Focus Features’ family period sequel Downton Abbey: A New Era, which generated a reported $16 million across more than 3,800 North American screens. The domestic opening was only about 50% of the 2019 Downton Abbey movie, but still topped $51 million worldwide.
In a media interview, Lisa Bunnell, president of domestic distribution at Focus Features, said the sequel could help bring back the older female moviegoer.
“The only way you are going to get older audience[s] to theaters is to offer them films they want to see,” Bunnell told Variety.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ box office reign is expected to end over the coming Memorial Day weekend when oft-delayed Tom Cruise action sequel Top Gun: Maverick hits big screens worldwide.