Despite a 67% drop at the weekend box office, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness continued to add to its impressive totals with an estimated $61 million over its second weekend.
Multiverse of Madness currently stands at $291 million domestically, with a global total north of $688 million.
While some Hollywood pundits are concerned about the sharp drop-off from Madness’ opening weekend, the hold percentage is only slightly under a typical super hero tentpole film’s decline. Even with a natural monetary slide, Strange 2 should top off near $375 million in the States.
The long-delayed Firestarter smoldered in fourth place with a projected $3.5 million opening, shockingly less than the original film’s first weekend from 1984 (which opened with an unadjusted for inflation $4.7 million).
Universal’s strategy to open Firestarter on streaming service Peacock certainly didn’t help its bottom line, but this move paled in comparison to the film’s rock bottom 12% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and an equally poor C- grade from those polled by Cinema Score.
Be sure to check in on the Multiverse’s progress next week before Tom Cruise flies into cineplex’s on May 27 with his Top Gun sequel.