Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is surrounded by blockbuster competition in theaters, but it continues to endure, earning big at the domestic box office. In fact, its success is approaching that of Captain America: Civil War.
The Doctor Strange sequel recently crossed $400 million at the box office, making it one of 10 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to do so, below the third instalment in the Captain America solo trilogy, which earned $408 million domestically. For comparison, the films above it include Avengers: Endgame ($858.3 million), Spider-Man: No Way Home ($804.7 million), Black Panther ($700.4 million), Avengers: Infinity War ($678.8 million), The Avengers ($623.3 million), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($459 million), Captain Marvel ($426.8 million) and Iron Man 3 ($409 million).
Despite being kept from two major territories — China and Russia — Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness saw immense success upon release. After just four days in theaters, the film broke the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office and quickly became the second-largest worldwide release for a film in post-pandemic, following Spider-Man: No Way Home.
However, there was at least one point after its release when it appeared the film’s success may be limited. Following its substantial opening gross, the Doctor Strange film saw a massive drop at the box office. For comparison, the film earned $90 million on its opening day and over the Friday of its second weekend earned just $16.7 million, for a 81% drop. While it went on to perform fairly well at the box office, it is speculated the film will not be able to reach the $1 billion mark worldwide.
After a hugely successful run in theaters, the latest instalment in Marvel Studios’ film franchise is set to be released on the Disney+ streaming service on June 22. The announcement came via a video released by Marvel Entertainment, featuring stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong and Xochitl Gomez delivering a special “thank you” message to fans. “It’s a story that will connect the MCU in new dimensions you never thought possible,” Wong said in the video. The moment you’ve been waiting for is almost here.” Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness releases on Digital on June 22. It later arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD on July 26.