Disney Reveals Doctor Strange 2’s Huge Budget, Sparking Questions About Its Profitability

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Two years have passed since the release of ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,’ yet it’s only recently come to light that it stands among the most expensive films ever made, both within the MCU and in the broader cinematic landscape. According to Forbes, Disney has revealed that the budget for the 2022 superhero flick reached an astonishing $414.9 million, surpassing even the hefty budget of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’

However, ‘Age of Ultron’ outperformed ‘Multiverse of Madness’ in box office profits, despite its lower production cost. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the sorcerer in the sequel to 2016’s ‘Doctor Strange,’ alongside Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. Nevertheless, despite its monumental production expenses, the film still yielded significant earnings.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ reigns supreme with earnings of $2,799,439,100, followed by ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ with $2,052,415,039. Released in 2022, ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ earned $955,775,804, while its predecessor ‘Doctor Strange’ (2016) garnered $677,796,833. Forbes estimates that after factoring in production costs and marketing, which often double or triple the budget, the film likely yielded around $127.3 million in pure profit.

This case is emblematic of the trend of inflated budgets, highlighting the challenges of profitability in today’s superhero movie landscape. Notably, Disney faced significant setbacks in 2023, failing to produce a single billion-dollar earner at the box office. ‘The Marvels’ emerged as one of the biggest disappointments, failing to surpass $100 million in domestic ticket sales.

However, the issue of bloated budgets extends beyond the confines of the MCU. According to various reports, the anticipated budget for the upcoming ‘Joker 2’ is estimated to be $200 million, quadrupling the costs of the original ‘Joker’ released in 2019.

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