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Box Office: ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Plunges 82% For $17 Million Friday

(L-R): Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange and Benedict Wong as Wong in Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of Marvel Studios Since there’s only one new wide release this weekend, and a halfhearted affair at that, there was little…

(L–R): Benedict Cumberbatch plays Dr. Stephen Strange, and Benedict Wong portrays Wong in Marvel Studios’ “DOCTOR STRANGE” IN THE MULTIVERSE of MADNESS. Marvel Studios. Photo by courtesy. (c)Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

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Since there’s only one new wide release this weekend, and a halfhearted affair at that, there was little doubt that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would keep the domestic box office crown. The MCU sequel earned $16. 739 million on its second Friday, down a frankly huge 81.5% from its $90.7 million opening day. That initial Friday gross had $36 million worth of Thursday preview grosses, but the drop is still on par with Black Widow’s 79% second Friday drop last summer and is the biggest Friday-to-Friday drop ever for a Disney MCU movie.

It’s essentially tied with the 81.6% second-Friday drop of Batman v Superman in April of 2016, and we’re probably looking at a near-identical 67% second-weekend drop and $61 million weekend gross. We’re still talking about a $247 million eight-day domestic gross and a likely ten-day cume of around $288 million. And heck, Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home dropped 83% on its second Friday (Christmas Eve) and 67.5% on its first weekend and still earned 1. 71x its $470 million ten-day total. This is not the case here. The buzz isn’t as high, and kids don’t have two weeks of “no school” weekdays. But I didn’t want to make you think I forgot.

Black Widow (which was concurrently available on Disney+ for $30) dropped 68% last summer, a record for an MCU movie ahead of the 62% drops for Spider-Man: Far from Home and Ant-Man and the Wasp, both of which legged out to over 1.6x their ten-day cumes after their second-weekend plunges. Conversely, Black Widow, Eternals (-62% after a $70 million debut), Captain America: Civil War, Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man; 3 all earned 1. 38-1.4x their respective ten-day domestic totals. If Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness plays likewise, it’ll still be looking at a $398 million-$405 million domestic finish.

But, if it plays like Dawn of Justice and earns only 1. 269x its ten-day total, it’ll end up below The Batman’s $369 million domestic cume. While the grosses are still objectively huge, the big drop is frustrating amid a massively frontloaded opening weekend ($187 million from a $90 million Friday) and a

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