Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is defying mixed fan reception to deliver the goods at the box office. With $31 million domestically and another $40 million internationally in its third weekend, the film’s worldwide haul now stands at $803 million.

Directed by Sam Raimi, Doctor Strange 2 has made $342 million in the US and another $461 million overseas. IMAX accounts for $55.8 million. Crucially, the film hasn’t played in the world’s biggest movie market, China, and Russia, where Disney has imposed sanctions amid the ongoing Ukraine conflict. Once the dust is settled, Doctor Strange 2 is expected to conclude its international run with around $950 million.

While that’s nothing to scoff at — a $950 million finish would put the film at the 11th spot on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s all-time worldwide box office list — it pales in comparison to the nearly $2 billion that its immediate predecessor, Spiderman: No Way Home, made recently. Released in December to significantly more positive reviews and fan response, the Sony release featured Benedict Cumberbatch’s superhero in a prominent supporting role.


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