Why Doctor Strange 2 Can Beat No Way Home’s Box Office

After Spiderman: No Way Home, it’s possible Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be an even bigger financial success for the MCU.

It seems almost certain that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be another hit for Marvel and Disney, but there are several reasons why it might even eclipse the incredible box office success of Spider-man: No Coming Home. Since Disney became the home of Marvel Studios on December 31, 2009, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become box office king. However, the incredible success of Avengers: Endgame was followed by less than stellar box office performances, particularly from Eternals and Black Widow which made it look like maybe their crown was slipping.

The release of Spider-Man: No Coming Home changed that. With its delirious mix of fun, emotion and nostalgia, it was a massive hit, earning $1.891 billion at the box office despite the Covid-19 pandemic. It wasn’t exactly a surprise as Spider-Man has been an iconic superhero for years and Tom Holland’s portrayal was already popular with audiences. On top of that, the appearance of much-loved villains like Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), and Electro (Jamie Foxx), as well as the previous two big-screen Spider-Men (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield ) made the film a real treat for the cross-generational crowd. The difficulty Multiverse of Madness faces is to try to follow this success. Huge box office receipts for Spider-man: No Coming Home means he will be hard to beat. Of course, difficult isn’t the same as impossible, and early projections, according to BoxOfficePro.com, call for opening weekend receipts of $205 million. Certainly, it would be far from Spider-man: No Coming Home A North American opening, this would still be a solid opening the film could build on, as it has some specific advantages that even Spider-man: No Coming Home did not have.

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Multiverse of Madness is the first really big release of the summer, which could be a definite plus given that it will have few obvious box office rivals in the weeks following its release. More than that, its supposed run time of just over two hours is over twenty minutes shorter than Spider-Man: No Coming Home. That means it might be possible for theaters to hold more screenings in those first lucrative weeks. Although this benefit is unlikely to be too large, it is still an important factor for Multiverse of Madness‘ potential box office success and means the film may well continue to beat No coming home.

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Even so, it will ultimately be the public who will dictate whether Multiverse of Madness can get closer to Spider-Man: No Coming Homelevel of success. If it is seen by moviegoers as a direct sequel to strange doctor, then it’s likely to make less money than if it were considered an MCU team-up movie. The latter tends to show that more box office numbers seem to correlate with more Marvel heroes and villains appearing on screen together. For casual fans, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a more familiar character precisely because of these types of films. In particular, following the intrigue created by his appearances in Avengers: Infinity War and Spider-man: No Coming Home, Doctor Strange appears to be better positioned for greater box office success. Moreover, the marketing of Multiverse of Madness widely teased the appearances of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart), while theories have swirled about the potential appearances of multiversal variants of Erik Killmonger, Captain Carter, and even a version of Tony Stark played by Tom Cruise.

Whether or not any of these rumors turn out to be true, the key measure of audience reaction will be the quality of the film. Yes Multiverse of Madness is considered to be the direct result of strange doctor, Wanda visionand Spider-Man: No Coming Home and if the public loves it the same way it loved Avengers Endgame so Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be another in a long streak of MCU hits. If it also eclipses Spider-Man: No Coming Home in the process, it would also definitively prove that the MCU remains king of the box office.

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release Date: Jul 08, 2022
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: November 11, 2022
  • Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: February 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: July 28, 2023

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