Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness conjures $265M domestic box office debut

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness debuted at No. 1 with $265M at the domestic box office from 4,534 theaters this weekend.

And with a global total of $450M, Sam Raimi’s $200M-budget MCU sequel became the second biggest opening for a Hollywood movie during the pandemic era – according to Deadline.

The PG-13 multiverse flick – starring Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Benedict Wong – has a 75% critic approval rating (out of 315 reviews) and an 87% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Casting a spell! Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness debuted at No. 1 with $265M at the domestic box office from 4,534 theaters this weekend

The two-time Oscar-nominated 45-year-old was hard at work hyping Doctor Strange on the talk show circuit all week, and he just hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live with musical guest Arcade Fire.

Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s rival multiverse flick Everything Everywhere All at Once starring Michelle Yeoh clung to the No. 5 spot with $3.3M from 1,542 theaters in its seventh week for a global total of $46.6M.

The $25M-budget absurdist sci-fi action flick’s lasting power has much to do with its ‘certified fresh’ 96% critic approval rating (out of 248 reviews) and 91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

On Friday, Jamie Lee Curtis – who portrays IRS inspector Deirdre Beaubeirdra – boasted that their ‘marvelous tiny movie’ has ‘out marveled any Marvel movie.’

Breaking records: And with a global total of $450M, Sam Raimi's $200M-budget MCU sequel became the second biggest opening for a Hollywood movie during the pandemic era

Breaking records: And with a global total of $450M, Sam Raimi’s $200M-budget MCU sequel became the second biggest opening for a Hollywood movie during the pandemic era

Critics have spoken: The PG-13 multiverse flick - starring Elizabeth Olsen (pictured), Benedict Cumberbatch, and Benedict Wong - has a 75% critic approval rating out of 315 reviews and an 87% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes

Critics have spoken: The PG-13 multiverse flick – starring Elizabeth Olsen (pictured), Benedict Cumberbatch, and Benedict Wong – has a 75% critic approval rating out of 315 reviews and an 87% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes

The doctor is in! The two-time Oscar-nominated 45-year-old was hard at work hyping Doctor Strange on the talk show circuit all week, and he just hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live with musical guest Arcade Fire

The doctor is in! The two-time Oscar-nominated 45-year-old was hard at work hyping Doctor Strange on the talk show circuit all week, and he just hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live with musical guest Arcade Fire

‘Is this one of those Internet feuds? All I’ll say is we would slay in a family feud contest @familyfeud with the Doctor Strange strangers,’ the 63-year-old Emmy nominee wrote on Instagram.

Jamie also pointed out that Everything Everywhere ‘cost less than the entire craft service budget on Doctor Strange and/or any other Marvel movie’ while using the hashtag ‘#guessiwillneverbecastinamarvelmovie.’

Doctor Strange managed to dethrone DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys which, after two weeks at No. 1, fell to the second spot with $9.77M from 3,839 theaters for a global total of $148.1M.

Pierre Perifel’s caper about criminal animals ‘reforming’ themselves currently holds a ‘certified fresh’ 87% critic approval rating (out of 149 reviews) and a 93% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The little indie that could! Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert's rival multiverse flick Everything Everywhere All at Once starring Michelle Yeoh clung to the No. 5 spot with $3.3M from 1,542 theaters in its seventh week for a global total of $46.6M

The little indie that could! Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s rival multiverse flick Everything Everywhere All at Once starring Michelle Yeoh clung to the No. 5 spot with $3.3M from 1,542 theaters in its seventh week for a global total of $46.6M

Impressive: The $25M-budget absurdist sci-fi action flick's lasting power has much to do with its 'certified fresh' 96% critic approval rating (out of 248 reviews) and 91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes

Impressive: The $25M-budget absurdist sci-fi action flick’s lasting power has much to do with its ‘certified fresh’ 96% critic approval rating (out of 248 reviews) and 91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes

'We would slay in a family feud contest with the Doctor Strange strangers!' On Friday, Jamie Lee Curtis - who portrays IRS inspector Deirdre Beaubeirdra - boasted that their 'marvelous tiny movie' has 'out marveled any Marvel movie'

‘We would slay in a family feud contest with the Doctor Strange strangers!’ On Friday, Jamie Lee Curtis – who portrays IRS inspector Deirdre Beaubeirdra – boasted that their ‘marvelous tiny movie’ has ‘out marveled any Marvel movie’

'#guessiwillneverbecastinamarvelmovie': The 63-year-old Emmy nominee also pointed out that Everything Everywhere 'cost less than the entire craft service budget on Doctor Strange and/or any other Marvel movie'

‘#guessiwillneverbecastinamarvelmovie’: The 63-year-old Emmy nominee also pointed out that Everything Everywhere ‘cost less than the entire craft service budget on Doctor Strange and/or any other Marvel movie’

The kids caper – based on Aaron Blabey’s graphic novel series (2015-2022) – features the voices of Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Awkwafina, Zazie Beetz, Lilly Singh, and Alex Borstein.

Following close behind was Paramount Pictures’ live-action/animated sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which earned $6.2M domestically from 3,358 theaters in its fifth week for a global total of $349.4M.

Jeff Fowler’s $90M-budget movie – based on the Sega video game franchise – stars Jim Carrey, Idris Elba, James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Tika Sumpter, and Shemar Moore.

Sonic 2 currently holds a 67% critic approval rating (out of 153 reviews) and a 96% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

No. 2 spot! Doctor Strange managed to dethrone DreamWorks Animation's The Bad Guys which, after two weeks at No. 1, fell to the second spot with $9.77M from 3,839 theaters for a global total of $148.1M

No. 2 spot! Doctor Strange managed to dethrone DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys which, after two weeks at No. 1, fell to the second spot with $9.77M from 3,839 theaters for a global total of $148.1M

No. 3 spot! Following close behind was Paramount Pictures' live-action/animated sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which earned $6.2M domestically from 3,358 theaters in its fifth week for a global total of $349.4M

No. 3 spot! Following close behind was Paramount Pictures’ live-action/animated sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which earned $6.2M domestically from 3,358 theaters in its fifth week for a global total of $349.4M

No. 4 spot! In fourth place was Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore with $3.95M from 3,051 theaters in its fourth week for a global total of $363.7M

No. 4 spot! In fourth place was Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore with $3.95M from 3,051 theaters in its fourth week for a global total of $363.7M

In fourth place was Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore with $3.95M from 3,051 theaters in its fourth week for a global total of $363.7M.

David Yates’ Wizarding World three-quel received a dismal 47% critic approval rating (out of 207 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fantastic Beasts 3 stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Dan Fogler, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Katherine Waterston, Mads Mikkelsen, and the troubled Ezra Miller.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were The Northman ($2.77M), The Lost City ($2.5M), Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent ($1.52M), Memory ($1.22M), and Father Stu ($800K).

Abs-olutely fabulous! Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were The Northman ($2.77M, pictured), The Lost City ($2.5M), Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent ($1.52M), Memory ($1.22M), and Father Stu ($800K)

Abs-olutely fabulous! Rounding out the rest of the top 10 were The Northman ($2.77M, pictured), The Lost City ($2.5M), Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent ($1.52M), Memory ($1.22M), and Father Stu ($800K)





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