India has become the fifth biggest international market for Benedict Cumberbatch’s latest release, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The film is just inches away from entering the ₹100 crore club. The film released on May 6 in India and has collected ₹97 crore on opening weekend. (Also read: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Twitter shares funny no-context spoilers. Can you decipher these?)
The film had a grand opening with ₹30 crore on its first day in the country. Apart from its remarkable day one earnings, the film also had a promising start with advance bookings of ₹10 crore. On day three, India has emerged as the first’s biggest market after US, Korea, UK, Mexico and Brazil.
Trade analyst Ramesh Bala shared on Twitter, “#DoctorStrange 2 grosses $12.7 Million [ 97 Crs] in India for the opening weekend 5th highest market in International after Korea, UK, Mexico and Brazil.”
In the US, the film collected $185 million over the weekend. Internationally, the film earned $265 million, and the worldwide total is currently $450 million.
Directed by Sam Raimi, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness debuted in India in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. The film might just cross Spider-Man: No Way Home’s lifetime business in India. In its first three days, the Tom Holland-starrer had made ₹79 crore at the Indian box office.
Spider-Man: No Way Home film was the first three films to cross the ₹200 crore mark in India during the pandemic. While it earned $1.69 billion at the global box office and became the highest-grossing film of all time, it came to a halt at ₹212 crore in India.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness marks Dr Stephen Strange’s fifth appearance in an MCU film. It shows Dr Strange travelling different universes to save a young girl from a villain who is after her superpowers. It also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel McAdams, Xochitl Gomez, Benedict Wong and others.