‘Doctor Strange 2’ rules again in its second weekend with $61 million, ‘Firestarter’ fails

One week after storming into multiplexes with a $185 million superheroic domestic bow, Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness picked up right where it left off, grossing an additional $61 million during its second weekend in North America. Not surprisingly, most rival studios chose to steer clear of Marvel’s latest box office juggernaut, all except Universal, which unveiled its Zack Efronremake directed by 1984 Stephen King adaptation, Firestarter, and failed to produce any spark in the market, bowing at a truly terrifying $3.8 million.

While benedict cumberbatchThe huge sequel to Wizardry certainly attracted enough ticket buyers to keep the popcorn moving at a brisk pace, the weekend couldn’t help but feel a sense of calm after the storm in the wake of the record-breaking rollout of the previous box set. during which the latest MCU installment instantly became the biggest box office debut of 2022. In its second session, the PG-13 rated Tent fell -67%, but still managed to pull in an average of $13,454 per screen. at 4,534 locations. That second-week drop was slightly steeper than other recent Marvel titles like Eternals (-61%) and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (-52%). Nevertheless, doctor strange 2 it’s still racking up dazzling numbers. The film has now grossed $291.9 million domestically, already dwarfing the $232.6 million the first Doctor Strange amassed over his entire run in North America. Overseas, the Marvel movie is doing even better, grossing $396.2 million in its first two weeks alone. His current worldwide account now stands at $688.1 million.

Finishing in second place again was Universal’s The Bad Guys with $6.9 million. In its fourth weekend, the PG-rated animated comedy about a gang of animal thieves struggling to become model citizens fell -27.9% from the previous session, averaging $1,821 per screen on 3,788 cinemas. The film, which features the voices of sam rockwell, Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz, craig robinsonY awkwafinait has now grossed a combined $66.3 million domestically and another $99.3 abroad, bringing its global box office take to $165.6 million.

Repeating its third place finish was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which grossed $4.6 million in its sixth weekend. The sequel was down -24.4% from the previous session, averaging $1,460 per screen across 3,116 locations. The 2020 PG-rated continuation of the franchise, featuring Jim Carrey, james marsdenand the voice of ben schwartz as the blue creature of the title, he has now earned $175.7 million in North America. Internationally, where sonic 2 Released a week earlier, the film has grossed $179.5 million so far, putting its current worldwide tally at $355.2 million.

In fourth place was the only newcomer of the weekend, Universal’s Stephen Kingbased cooler fire starter with just $3.8 million. The R-rated remake of the 1984 supernatural drew Barrymore film about a young woman with pyrotechnic skills (starring Zack Efron like the girl’s father this time), was turned off upon arrival. Faring poorly with critics (currently at 12% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences (who gave it a woeful ‘C-‘ CinemaScore), the film earned an average of $1,119 per screen at 3,412 theaters. It didn’t generate much more heat overseas, where it debuted for just under $2.1 million. His global first-week build is $5.9 million. Oh. Universal’s decision to make the film available simultaneously on its Peacock streaming service certainly didn’t help lure potentially curious genre fans out of their homes to watch the film, either. As a further indicator of how disappointing the movie’s arc was, consider this: The 1984 original made more money on its opening weekend ($4.7 million) nearly 40 years ago, and that’s not even adjusted for inflation.

Rounding out the top five was A24’s deliriously bizarre word-of-mouth indie hit, Everything Everywhere All at Once, with $3.3 million. In its eighth week of release, the R-rated sci-fi Mindbender saw business drop just -6.4%, earning an average of $1,913 per screen in 1,726 locations. Spring’s “little movie that could” has grossed $47.1 million domestically and a more modest $4.7 million overseas, putting its current global haul at $47.1 million.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Roadside Attractions’ Family Camp debuted at ninth place with $1.4 million. The outdoor comedy about a pair of mismatched families sharing a wilderness cabin finally answered the age-old question: If a movie set in the woods goes down and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The PG-rated movie’s $1,670 per screen average across 854 theaters seemed to provide the verdict: no, not really.

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