May 15, 2022
Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ superhero actioner Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness didn’t disappoint, adding a projected $61 million in second weekend North American ticket sales across 4,534 screens to push its global tally to $688 million through May 15.
The sequel, again starring Bennedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, is approaching $295 million in North American revenue. The sophomore weekend 67% revenue drop tops other recent Marvel movies’ second weekend tallies, but is offset in part by the fact that last weekend’s opening was the 11th largest in history.
Regardless, the ticket sales were enough to easily reduce new releases Firestarter (Universal Pictures) and Roadside Attractions’ Family Camp. The former is projected to generate $3.8 million in revenue across 2,412 screens — a tally undermined in part by the fact the horror film is concurrently streaming for free in the Peacock platform. Faith-based comedy Family Camp realized $1.4 million in ticket sales across 854 screens.
Among returning theatrical releases, Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s former box office polesitter, The Bad Guys, added another $6.9 million in revenue to bring its North American tally to $66.2 million after four weekends. The movie now has $165.5 million worth of tickets worldwide.
Lionsgate’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent took in an estimated $1.05 million at 1,076 screens in North America. Through Sunday, the film has grossed an estimated $18.2 million in North America.