Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness had a robust Monday, earning $13.3M and sending the Sam Raimi-directed Marvel movie to $200.7M.
That amount of cash arguably is on par with what Avengers: Age of Ultron on its first Monday in 2015 — $13.2M — which put that MCU sequel at $204.4M through four days. Doctor Strange 2‘s Monday was down 66% off its Mother’s Day Sunday of $38.8M.
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Heading into Weekend 2, expect at least a 60% decline for a three-day around $74M. The only other new film is Universal/Blumhouse’s theatrical day-and-date of Firestarter on the conglom’s Peacock service. Essentially the Marvel movie has two more weekends of play before Tom Cruise’s long-awaited Paramount/Skydance sequel Top Gun: Maverick arrives over Memorial Day with an outlook of $75M-$100M over four days; that pic already is on fire and championed by the media to be an Oscar Best Picture contender.
Comscore reported that final ticket sales for the weekend of May 6-8 were $223M, which is 12% ahead of the first weekend of May 2019. Total running domestic B.O. is $2.198 billion for January 1-May 8, +362% over the Covid-affected same period last year.
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