A scene from “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
The summer season of blockbusters began with a bang. Disney’s latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” received $ 185 million in the country for its debut weekend, the highest among all films released in 2022.
“Nothing says that cinemas are coming back like a Marvel movie with a monumental debut,” said Paul Dergarabedyan, a senior media analyst at Comscore. “This is great news for the industry, movie buffs and a list of movies to be unveiled in the coming weeks.”
According to EntTelligence, about 13.5 million moviegoers watched “Doctor Strange” over the weekend, the second largest number of visitors since the pandemic. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is the current record holder with 20.6 million visitors in its first weekend.
Internationally, film ticket sales totaled $ 265 million, bringing the total to $ 450 million worldwide.
Although a limited number of films have been released in the first four months of the year, there is a steady stream of new, highly anticipated features following “Dr. Strange in a Multi-World of Madness”.
Next on the list is “Top Gun: Maverick”, followed soon after “Jurassic World: Dominion”, “Lightyear”, “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and “Thor: Love and Thunder”. All of these films will debut now and through the end of July.
“Dr. Strange in a Multi-World of Madness” demonstrates “global demand for big screen events, premium formats and overall cinema experience,” said Sean Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com. “This is exactly the beginning of this summer that the whole industry has been hoping for, and it’s setting the pace well for a lot of movies to come out over the next few months.”
According to EntTelligence, the average ticket price for the film was $ 13, premium tickets cost $ 16.25, and 3D – $ 15.44.
Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal is the distributor of “Jurassic World: Dominion” and “Minions: The Rise of Gru”.