Walt Disney is reporting that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has earned $27.2 million in its initial overseas debut. The MCU sequel, which begins domestic advance-night previews
as early as 3:00 pm today, opened in 20 markets including France, Germany, Italy, Japan and South Korea. Of note, it earned $5.9 million in South Korea, $3.8 million in Japan and $3 million in France
It scored the second-biggest opening day ever in Malaysia behind Avengers: Endgame and scored the biggest Covid-era opening days in several territories (Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore)
while scoring the biggest opening day since The Rise of Skywalker in Belgium. It’ll essentially be opening worldwide, save for China, Russia, Ukraine and parts of the Middle East over this week.
Considering the alleged reasons for not approving the last handful of MCU flicks (a brief reference to America Chavez having two mothers and/or the onscreen inclusion of a newsstand
for the Epoch Times in Doctor Strange 2, too much screentime for the Statue of Liberty in Spider-Man: No Way Home), I’d argue that China’s government just doesn’t want MCU movies in their theaters
and is finding arbitrary reasons to deny clearances.Of course, if Universal’s Jurassic World: Dominion doesn’t get anywhere near the $225-$265 million grosses of its predecessors
and Avatar: The Way of Water doesn’t soar to infinity and beyond (Avatar earned $205 million in 2010 and a reissue brought in another $55 million in 2021),then it may become irrelevant as to
whether Hollywood films play in China anyway.