“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is the biggest May global opening ever, with $33 million.

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Strong International Reception Led by Historic Opening Weekends in 48 of 68 International Markets

The $33 million debuts for Disney/”Doctor Marvel’s Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” — the greatest May international opening ever for IMAX® — struck a powerful spell on the global box office this weekend. The picture joined an exclusive club, being the seventh-largest global IMAX opening for a Marvel film.

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” had a top 10 all-time IMAX opening weekend in 48 out of 68 worldwide markets, owing to a series of remarkable performances around the world.
India, Malaysia, Singapore, Argentina, Turkey, Vietnam, Lebanon, and Nigeria are among the eight overseas markets where the film had the largest IMAX opening weekend ever.

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Despite a 50% capacity restriction in Hong Kong, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is expected to gross USD 482,000 in Hong Kong and Macau, up 68 percent from the first edition of the franchise with strong indexing of close to 15%.

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” was shot with IMAX cameras and boasts an IMAX-exclusive enlarged aspect ratio throughout the picture. The picture grossed $18 million in North America on 410 IMAX screens and $15 million overseas on 350 screens in 68 countries and territories.

“Summer blockbuster season is off to a roaring start with ‘Doctor Strange’— an excellent sign for the phenomenal slate ahead representing some of the most bankable franchises, filmmakers, and stars in the world,” said Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX. “From our Filmed for IMAX camera program to IMAX Enhanced on Disney+, IMAX and Disney have built a strong partnership that will only grow this year with amazing releases like ‘Lightyear’, ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’, ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ and ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ to come.”

"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness"

The theatrical exclusive preview of “Avatar: The Way of Water,” the highly anticipated sequel to James Cameron’s innovative 2009 film “Avatar,” preceded “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Despite an initial release of only 300 IMAX screens, the original “Avatar” is still the biggest grossing IMAX picture of all time, with more than $250 million in box office receipts.

“We are very happy to see the great fan reaction to the ‘Avatar’ teaser and, given our historic performance on the first film, we’re looking forward to this great franchise returning to theatres to cap off a strong year at the movies,” added Gelfond.

News Source: PR Newswire

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