Mumbai, May 6 - The summer box office madness begins with Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness". Ahead of its domestic (North American) launch today (May 6), "Doctor Strange 2" was kicked off with a strong $27 million opening from 20 international markets.
The opening day gross box office collection of Sam Raimi-directed in international markets was only 4 percent behind the recent release "Spider-Man: No Way Home" and 210 percent ahead of DC's "The Batman". It is also 153% more than its preceder, released in 2016.
Among key opening day markets of "Doctor Strange 2", South Korea led the chart with $5.9 million, followed by Japan ($3.8 million), France ($3 million), Italy ($2.2 million), Germany ($1.8 million), Malaysia ($1.6 million) and Thailand ($1.2 million). It is opening today in India along with domestic and other international markets.
The Benedict Cumberbatch-fronted movie with Elizabeth Olsen playing the second lead, "Doctor Strange 2" is tracking to launch domestic weekend between $160 million and $200 million. The numbers, however, might go higher as the movie is getting positive responses from audiences, though the critics' score is on the lower side with 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.