Doctor Strange 2 box office Day 1: Benedict Cumberbatch’s MCU film conjures fourth-biggest Hollywood opening in India with Rs 27.5 crore
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness box office Day 1: The Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer continues the trend of MCU movies earning big bucks in India.
The latest movie to come out of the stables of Marvel Studios, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, has scored a massive Rs 27.50 crore opening as per Taran Adarsh. In a departure from most Hollywood movies, advance bookings for the film had begun last month, a good 20-odd days before the release.
The amount is a little less than what last year’s Spider-Man: No Way Home managed. That film had opened with Rs 32.67 crore, but was playing under COVID-19 restrictions. Overall, the opening is the fourth best among Hollywood films, after Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Avengers: Infinity War.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#DoctorStrange is MARVEL-ous on Day 1… 4TH BIGGEST HOLLYWOOD OPENER in #India… *Day 1* biz…
⭐  #AvengersEndgame: ₹ 53.10 cr
⭐  #SpiderMan: ₹ 32.67 cr
⭐  #AvengersInfinityWar: ₹ 31.30 cr
⭐  #DoctorStrange: ₹ 27.50 cr
#India biz. All versions.”
Doctor Strange 2’s box office performance continues the trend of MCU movies earning big bucks in India. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film brings back Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role and Elizabeth Olsen also reprises the role of Wanda after the TV series WandaVision.
The movie, like No Way Home, deals with the multiverse and has Strange facing a threat that has put the entire multiverse in jeopardy.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams also star. Doctor Strange 2 has made $85 million internationally and debuted with $36 million from Thursday previews in the US.
Recently, Cumberbatch had spoken about his thoughts on fan theories about the movie in an interview with Indianexpress.com. He said, “I try not to react or go to the internet but I, in person have had some very pleasant times with an amazing amount of very enthusiastic people at various gatherings.”