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Imax: ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Biggest-Ever May Box Office Opening

Imax Corp. May 9 announced that its $33 million Mother’s Day weekend box office opening for Disney/Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was the biggest May worldwide opening ever for the 3D exhibitor. The movie also ranks as the fifth-biggest global Imax opening ever for a Marvel film.

The Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer generated $185 million across all North American screens, to end the weekend with about $450 million in ticket sales globally.

The strong Imax debut was led by a slew of historic performances around the world, where the movie delivered a top 10 all-time opening weekend in 48 of the exhibitor’s 68 international markets. That includes eight global markets where the film delivered the biggest Imax opening weekend of all time, including India, Malaysia, Singapore, Argentina, Turkey, Vietnam, Lebanon and Nigeria.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was shot with Imax cameras and the entire film features an Imax-exclusive expanded aspect ratio. The film delivered $18 million on 410 Imax screens in North America, and $15 million across 350 screens in 68 countries and territories internationally. Imax also made the film available in 3D across select theatres worldwide.

“Summer blockbuster season is off to a roaring start with Doctor Strange — an excellent sign for the phenomenal slate ahead representing some of the most bankable franchises, filmmakers, and stars in the world,” Rich Gelfond, CEO of Imax, said in a statement.

Pending Disney releases in Imax include Lightyear, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Avatar: The Way of Water.

Imax screened the exclusive teaser of Avatar: The Way of Water, the sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster Avatar, before all Doctor Strange 2 showings. The original Avatar still stands as the highest grossing Imax film of all time, with more than $250 million in box office receipts despite an initial release of only 300 Imax screens.

“We are very happy to see the great fan reaction to the Avatar teaser and, given our historic performance on the first film, we’re looking forward to this great franchise returning to theatres to cap off a strong year at the movies,” Gelfond said.

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