FRIDAY UPDATE, Refresh for latest…: Disney/Marvel’s Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness continued casting a spell over the international box office on Thursday, lifting the running offshore cume to $85.7M through two days of release. Combined with Thursday’s $36M in domestic previews, the global total so far is already $121.7M —and the weekend has barely begun.
Overseas, the sequel added a further 24 markets on Thursday to bring the total to 44 so far in release. Across the first two days offshore, the Sam Raimi-directed film is running just 12% below Spider-Man: No Way Home172% ahead of the original Doctor Strange and 197% above batman on a like-for-like basis.
PREVIOUS, THURSDAY: Disney/Marvel’s Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness began offshore release on Wednesday in 20 markets and is already doing some crazy numbers. With $27.2M through yesterday, the first-day overall results are only 4% below Spider-Man: No Way Home and a staggering 153% ahead of the original 2016 Doctor Strangeas well as 210% ahead of batman on a like-for-like basis at today’s rates.
Across Asia Pacific, the Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer bowed No. 1, likewise for the European markets that have opened including France, Italy and Germany.
Market shares on the Sam Raimi-directed sequel are coming in above 60% and as high as 90%.
Previews, not included in the $27.2M to date reported above, are strong for the Sorcerer Supreme, including $3.5M in Mexico and $2.7M in Brazil and a total of $10.3M across the whole Latin America region. Despite only being previews, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness was tops in all Latin American territories yesterday.
Meanwhile, as noted in our global preview, a key part of the international box office weekend is Korean which has been very soft of late amid caution about returning to cinemas. But the market is turning up in droves for the Doctor. The gross through Thursday, which is not reflected in the $27.2M total, is an estimated $14.7M. Today was a national public holiday for Children’s Day. On Wednesday, the film logged the second-highest opening day ever for a Disney release, behind only Avengers: Endgame.
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Looking more closely at the starts, here’s a rundown: Malaysian ($1.6M) scored the 2nd highest opening day in industry history; Thailand ($1.2M) logged the best opening day during the pandemic era; same for Philippines ($1.2M). Hong Kong and Vietnam notched the second-best opening day of the pandemic. InJapan, DS2 at $3.8M scored the No. 2 highest non-local opening day during the health crisis and repped the No. 3 best day one for any MCU release (behind Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: NWH).
In Europe, France ($3M) scored its second highest opening day during the pandemic era as did Italy ($2.2M) and Germany ($1.8M).
Excluding Thursday figures, the Top 5 Wednesday debut trips into the Multiverse are: Korea ($5.9M), Japan ($3.8M), France ($3M), Italy ($2.2M) and Germany ($1.8M).
Today sees further openings in the UK, Australia, Brazil and Mexico as well as Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Portugal, UAE, Indonesia, New Zealand, Argentina and all of the smaller Latin American territories.