Fandango is reporting that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has sold more tickets

in its first 24 hours than any film this year, including The Batman.

Of course, there haven’t been many “very big” movies thus far this year,

so if the MCU sequel hadn’t at least come in second for the year (and third since The Batman and Spider-Man: No Way Home),

there’d be cause for concern. While pre-release ticket sales stats are not one-to-one

indicators of record-breaking opening weekend box office (I’m old enough to remember when Solo

A Star Wars Story sold more tickets in day one than Black Panther), studios tend to prefer

that their big tentpoles sell “more” tickets” on day one as opposed to “fewer” tickets.

I went into detail on Tuesday about potentially “unfair” expectations

in terms of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness reasserting the pre-Covid notion

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