Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has already racked up $42 million in advance ticket sales ahead of its release on May 6.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has already racked up $42 million in advance ticket sales. The upcoming film is not only a sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange, but a continuation of Loki and Spider-Man: No Way Home’s multiverse storylines. The Doctor Strange movie will also continue Wanda Maximoff’s story arc from WandaVision. She was last seen reading the Darkhold during a post-credits scene, which is why the Scarlet Witch is expected to possibly play an adversarial role in the Multiverse of Madness.
After numerous delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Sam Raimi replacing Scott Derrickson as director, Doctor Strange 2’s release is now just around the corner on May 6. Benedict Cumberbatch returns to lead the cast as the titular sorcerer alongside Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. Returning from the first film are Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer. Xochitl Gomez makes her MCU debut as America Chavez, a teenager who originates from another universe and can travel between dimensions.
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Advance tickets for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness were made available earlier this month and have been selling like hotcakes ever since. During Disney’s presentation at CinemaCon, the company’s theatrical distribution boss Tony Chambers announced to attendees that advance ticket sales for the Marvel movie are now at $42 million. After Chambers touted the ticket sales and Thor: Love and Thunder’s trailer views, Marvel chief Kevin Feige also presented some Doctor Strange 2 footage.
Since they opened on April 6, ticket sales for Doctor Strange 2 have clearly been going very well. In fact, in its first 24 hours, the film’s ticket pre-sales set a record on Fandango for the year, beating out The Batman. In addition, the Doctor Strange sequel is leading Fandango’s list of most anticipated summer movies. With so much momentum behind it, it’s a wonder why Doctor Strange 2 is projected to gross only about $150 million in its opening weekend. With No Way Home having blown its projections out of the water, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Doctor Strange 2 does the same.
With the Doctor Strange sequel shaping up to be a massive multiverse movie replete with exciting cameos (such as Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier/Professor X), it’s no wonder why so many are beginning to suspect it could match, or even surpass, No Way Home’s incredible box office success. The Spider-Man movie opened to $260 million, the second-most all-time behind Avengers: Endgame, so Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will absolutely have a steep hill to climb. But with such strong advance ticket sales, surely anything is possible.
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
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