Doctor Strange 2 will win the third consecutive weekend at the box office
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is poised to earn its third straight weekend at the box office. The film had the second-best global box office opening since the pandemic began, and the 7th-highest opening day total ever. This weekend, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness earned $8.5 million on Friday en route to and estimated $30 million for his third frame. The film’s domestic box office total is expected to top $340 million by Monday. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was praised by critics, for the majority. Jenna Anderson of ComicBook.com called the film an “inventive” and “outrageous” turning point for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in her 4 out of 5 review of the film:
“Same way as Sam Raimi Spider Man helped cement what a modern superhero blockbuster could be, it looks like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is one of the first postmodern superhero blockbusters. The film is tasked with being both a worthy sequel to the complicated decade-long stories of Marvel’s most mystical characters, as well as the gonzo foray into what is sure to be far more multiversal storytelling within the MCU. Overall, the film succeeds on both fronts, and its few stumbles are still far more entertaining than they could be at the hands of a lesser cast and crew. While viewers’ mileage on some of Multiverse of Madness’ specifics will surely vary, there’s nothing wrong with that – and on the contrary, it only illustrates a small part of the complexity and weirdness of Marvel’s pop culture presence. What anchors the project throughout are incredibly strong performances, engaging references to decades of the larger Marvel world, and the franchise’s Phase 4 most compelling direction choices. For simplicity, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the MCU equivalent of a plate full of food at a buffet – it’ll give you plenty to chew on right now, but it’s just a small sampling of the delicious things out there.”
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1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- Third week
- Weekend: $30 million
- Total: $340.5 million
Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens a portal to the multiverse. However, a threat emerges that may be too big for his team to handle.
Sam Raimi directed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness from a screenplay written by Michael Waldron. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg and Rachel McAdams.
2. Downton Abbey: A New Era
- Opening weekend
- Total: $18 million
The Crawley family undertakes a great journey in the south of France to discover the mystery of the villa newly inherited from the Dowager Countess.
Simon Curtis directed Downton Abbey: A New Era of a screenplay Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. The film stars Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter and Phyllis Logan.
3. The bad guys
- fifth week
- Weekend: $5.7 million
- Total: $73.9 million
After a life of legendary heists, notorious criminals Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula are finally arrested. To avoid jail time, the animal outlaws must pull off their toughest con to date: becoming model citizens. Under the tutelage of their mentor, Professor Marmalade, the dodgy gang set out to trick the world into telling them they’re getting good.
Pierre Perifel directs The villains from a screenplay written by Etan Cohen, based on Aaron Blabey’s series of children’s books. The film’s voice cast includes Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Anthony Ramos, Craig Robinson, Awkwafina, Richard Ayoade, Zazie Beetz, Lilly Singh and Alex Borstein.
4. Sonic the Hedgehog
- seventh week
- Weekend: $3.95 million
- Total: $181 million
After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik returns with a new partner, Knuckles, in search of a mystical emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a journey around the world to find the Emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.
Jeff Fowler directs sonic the hedgehog 2 from a screenplay written by Pat Casey, Josh Miller and John Whittington. The film stars Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Lee Majdoub, Idris Elba and Jim Carrey.
- Opening weekend
- Total: $3.3 million
In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Harper retreats alone to the beautiful English countryside, hoping to find a place to heal. However, someone or something from the surrounding woods seems to be stalking her. What begins as simmering terror soon becomes a fully formed nightmare, inhabited by his darkest memories and fears.
Alex Garland wrote and directed Men. The film stars Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear.
6. Everything everywhere at once
- Week 9
- Weekend: $3.2 million
- Total: $52.3 million
When an interdimensional rift exposes reality, an unlikely heroine must channel her newfound powers to battle the strange and confusing dangers of the multiverse as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert directed Everything everywhere all at once. The film stars Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis.
7. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets
- Sixth week
- Weekend: $1.85 million
- Total: $93 million
Professor Albus Dumbledore knows that the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is about to take over the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he assigns magizoologist Newt Scamander to lead a fearless team of wizards and witches. They soon encounter an array of beasts old and new as they battle Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers.
David Yates directed Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets from a screenplay written by JK Rowling and Steve Kloves. The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Katherine Waterston and Mads Mikkelsen.
8. Fire Starter
- second week
- Weekend: $1.73 million
- Total: $6.79 million
A couple desperately tries to hide their daughter, Charlie, from a shadowy federal agency that wants to exploit her unparalleled gift for turning fire into a weapon of mass destruction. His father taught him how to defuse his power, but as Charlie turns 11, the fire becomes increasingly difficult to control. When a mysterious agent finally finds the family, he tries to get Charlie once and for all, but she has other plans.
Keith Thomas directed Fire starter from a screenplay written by Scott Teems, based on the novel by Stephen King. It stars Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, Kurtwood Smith, John Beasley, Michael Greyeyes and Gloria Reuben.
9. The Lost City
- Week 9
- Weekend: $1.55 million
- Total: $99.3 million
Reclusive author Loretta Sage writes about exotic locations in her popular adventure novels which feature a handsome cover model named Alan. While on a promotional tour for her new book with Alan, Loretta gets kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire who hopes he can lead her to the lost treasure of an ancient city from her latest story. Determined to prove he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of his books, Alan sets out to rescue him.
Aaron and Adam Nee directed The lost city from a screenplay they co-wrote with Oren Uziel and Dana Fox, based on the story by Seth Gordon. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Brad Pitt.
10. The Nordic
- fifth week
- Weekend: $1 million
- Total: $33 million
Prince Amleth is on the verge of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy’s mother. Two decades later, Amleth is now a Viking raiding Slavic villages. He soon meets a clairvoyant who reminds him of his wish: to save his mother, kill his uncle, avenge his father.
Live Robert Eggers The man from the north from a screenplay he co-wrote with Sjón, based on the legend of Amleth. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk and Willem Dafoe.