Doctor Strange 2: in the Multiverse of Madness is the second film to hit the box office during the COVID-19 pandemic. The record comes less than two weeks since its release on May 5, 2021.
According to a Box Office Mojo report, Doctor Strange 2 grossed $185 million in the US in its opening weekend. Doctor Strange 2 has so far earned $507.8 million in global views.
According to CNET, Doctor Stranger 2 is behind Spider-Man: No Way Home in terms of opening weekend films and international box office totals.
Spider-Man No Way Home is officially the first pandemic-era film to break the $1 billion box office mark. The record came just 12 days after its release on December 15, 2021.
Meanwhile in Indonesia, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has raised at least US$7.9 million or around Rp115.8 billion (US$1=Rp14,627.25). Based on Box Office Mojo data on Friday (13/5), that number was achieved from the May 4-8 broadcast.
Several things are considered to have influenced Doctor Strange 2’s income, such as the pandemic conditions in Indonesia which began to improve with the daily number of cases decreasing when the film was broadcast.
Not only that, the sequel to the film, which is still starring Benedict Cumberbatch, also airs during the Eid holiday period in Indonesia. So, this moment is used by many people to return to the cinema and watch Doctor Strange 2.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the second Doctor Strange (2016) saga and will take place after Spider-Man: No Way Home, WandaVision, and Loki.
Benedict Cumberbatch returns to the film as Doctor Strange, alongside Benedict Wong as Wong, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo.
In addition, the sequel to Doctor Strange (2016) also features Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda/Scarlet Witch and Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez.