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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens to $185 million at the box office

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will easily top the box office this weekend. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe will earn at least $185 million based on Disney’s conservative official estimates. Analysts estimate the total could reach more than $195 million once Sunday’s receipts are accounted for. Either way, it’s the biggest opening for a Disney movie since the pandemic began, and at least the 11th-biggest domestic opening weekend ever. The total is based on the film’s opening day of $90 million, the seventh-biggest in box office history. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness did decently with the reviews. Jenna Anderson of ComicBook.com called it an “inventive” and “outrageous” turning point for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in her 4 out of 5 review of the film:

“Same way as Sam Raimi Spider Man helped cement what a modern superhero blockbuster could be, it looks like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is one of the first postmodern superhero blockbusters. The film is tasked with being both a worthy sequel to the complicated decade-long stories of Marvel’s most mystical characters, as well as the gonzo foray into what is sure to be far more multiversal storytelling within the MCU. Overall, the film succeeds on both fronts, and its few stumbles are still far more entertaining than they could be at the hands of a lesser cast and crew. While viewer mileage on some of the specifics of Multiverse of Madness will surely vary, there’s nothing wrong with that – and if anything, it only illustrates a small part of the complexity and weirdness of Marvel’s pop culture presence. What anchors the project throughout are incredibly strong performances, engaging references to decades of the larger Marvel world, and the franchise’s Phase 4 most compelling direction choices. For simplicity, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the MCU equivalent of a plate full of food at a buffet – it’ll give you plenty to chew on right now, but it’s just a small sampling of the delicious things out there.”

What do you think? Let us know in the comments. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness now playing in theaters. The full list of the top 10 box office movies is in the works.