Doctor Strange 2’s First Day Ticket Sales Crush The Batman

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange in Spider-Man: No Way Home

Early ticket sales for Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness far surpasses those of Warner Bros. and DC Films’ The Batman.

According to box office analysts, Multiverse of Madness is currently « the second biggest non-Avengers pre-sale start, » and is expected to bring in $15 million in ticket presales within the first 24 hours of availability, almost doubling presale earnings for The Batman. While exact numbers are unavailable, the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel is now projected to earn around $200 million in its first weekend in theaters.

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By comparison, The Batman earned $8 million in early tickets sales within its first 24 hours which, at the time, were the second-highest presale numbers of the pandemic era behind those of Spider-Man: No Way Homewhich shaded box office records upon its release. The Batman‘s presale numbers led to projections that the Robert Pattinson-led film would earn between $110 and 140 million in its first weekend — projections it met with $134 million.

It was recently reported that Multiverse of Madness had already broken Fandango’s record for first-day ticket sales in 2022 as well, garnering the most first-day presales since 2021’s Spider-Man No Way Home. « The epic first day of presales for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness proves fans are beyond excited to experience all the thrills, chills and blockbuster surprises Marvel Studios is known to deliver, » said Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis.

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Multiverse of Madness was expected to rival No Way Home in terms of runtime as well. It has since been confirmed that the sequel is much shorter than anticipated, clocking in at 126 minutes (two hours and six minutes) long, as opposed to the expected two hours and 28 minutes, the same runtime as No Way Homewhich would have made Multiverse of Madness the MCU’s fourth-longest movie behind Avengers: Infinity War, Eternals and Avengers: Endgame. Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Strange, has commented on the scale of the production, stating that he was not entirely sure if the sequel was really « his » movie.

« There’s a lot of stuff going on in it, » he said. « It’s like, do I have a character arc in this? Is it working? No, there’s great stuff for me to do. It’s very busy. It’s called The Multiverse of Madnessand it’s bonkers. » Multiverse of Madness will not only pick up after the events of No Way Home but will tie directly into two of Marvel’s Disney+ series, Wanda Vision and Loki, both of which dealt heavily with the multiverse. It will also see the MCU debut of America Chavez/Miss America (Xochitl Gomez).

Directed by Sam Raimi, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness premieres in theaters on May 6, 2022.

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