Doctor Strange

‘Doctor Strange 2’ racks up $42 million in ticket pre-sales

According to Deadline, movie ticket service Fandango reports that Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness has broken $42 million in presales, establishing a record in 2022 ticket sales so far. The titular wizard, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, appeared in a costarring role in last year’s similarly multiverse-themed post-lockdown blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home, and with ticket sales this strong, there’s every chance that Multiverse will match that film’s $260 million opening weekend box office.

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With the lockdown phase of the COVID-19 epidemic appearing to be at an end, there seems to be no lack of excitement for films based on comic books. The 2021 Spider-Man sequel eventually grossed over a billion dollars worldwide, and Matt Reeves’ recent The Batman has grossed north of a quarter billion dollars in its opening weekend in March, and another $500 million since.

With the Doctor Strange sequel breaking the Caped Crusader’s presale record a week before it hits theaters, and Thor: Love & Thunder bowing in July, all signs point to Cumberbatch presiding over a historic year at the box office for Marvel Studios.

All of this can only be a huge relief to theater owners, who gave The Batman director Matt Reeves an ovation at their annual gathering CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week after he gave a pledge of fealty to the big screen filmgoing experience.

Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness premieres on May 2, 2022, and will feature Spider-Man (2001) director Sam Raimi’s debut as a Marvel Cinematic Universe director. Tobey Maguire costarred in Spider-Man: No Way Home as Raimi’s version of the character.

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Liam McEneaney
A professional comedian since the age of 19, Liam has been writing, editing, and performing for various TV shows and websites his entire adult life. He produced and starred in 'Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!' which premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. Liam is currently attending the prestigious University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.