Ahead of Doctor Strange 2, here’s how the MCU films fared against indie films at the domestic box office. Hint: It’s not always a Marvel feature

The release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is upon us and with the hype around the movie still going on, it looks like the film featuring wizard Supreme will prove to be a money maker in the world. ticket window. Previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films such as Spider-man: No Way Home, Avengers; Endgame and Avengers: Infinity grossed hundreds of hundreds at the domestic box office, giving Desi content a run for its money. However, releases such as Eternals, Shang-Chi, and The Legend of the Ten Rings did not make a strong impact at the Indian box office.

The release of 2018 Avengers: Infinity War was overkill as it marked the beginning of the end of the story that started the MCU with 2008’s Iron Man. The coronation of all the superheroes in one big movie got everyone excited and featured in the Indian box office collection of the movie where it managed to mint Rs 227.43 crore. Such was the expectation that no major Indian film would conflict with the Russo Brothers movie.

Here’s how recent MCU films have been a hit at the Indian box office.

Later releases such as Ant-Man, The Wasp and Captain Marvel clashed with the Hindi films Soorma and Badla respectively. And looking at the box office collections of both clashes proved that if Marvel wasn’t a huge hit, audiences weren’t excited about the superhero stuff.

In the case of Ant-Man, Wasp and Soorma, the opening figures were in favor of Paul Rudd’s film with Rs 5.50 crore compared to Soorma’s Rs 3.20 crore. The age range for both of these films was fairly close with Paul Rudd starrer grossing Rs 34.22 crore, while Diljit Dosanjh’s filming Rs 32.42 crore.

mcu . box office The Ant-Man and the Hornet clashed against Surma.

When Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel movie was released in theaters, it had quite a buzz around it, and while Taapsee Pannu’s Badla didn’t create a deep impact in its opening weekend, it surpassed Captain Marvel on its set for life. From opening at Rs 12.75 crore, the superhero movie managed to earn Rs 84.36 crore and Taapsee which opened at Rs 5.04 crore, mint Rs 87.99 crore.

Marvel movies box office Badla has outwitted Captain Marvel’s life set.

Avengers: Endgame was a giant at the box office and like Infinity War, here too, no Indian movie dared to compete against it. The film earned a whopping Rs 373.22 crore at the Indian box office. Spider-Man: No Way Home, starring Jake Gyllenhaal with Tom Holland, also saw a solo release but only managed to earn Rs 86.11 crore.

By the time the pandemic hit, MCU fatigue seemed to be starting to show. With Marvel not releasing any movies in theaters for over a year, the next big superhero released in the middle of the pandemic was Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi and Legend of the Ten Episodes. It was launched along with Fast 9 in India, and the film minted Rs 23.70 crore.

Marvel’s next big movie, Eternals, promoted as the new Avengers movie, wasn’t impressed by the Indian audience. When the film clashed with director Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi at the big Diwali setting, the numbers proved that the Indian audience wasn’t too keen on investing in new stories. Eternals opened at Rs 7.35 crore compared to Rs 26.29 crore for Suryavanshi. The Eternals finished their run with Rs 37.12 crore, while Sooryvanshi earned Rs 196 crore.

Marvel Diwali Collection The much-acclaimed movie Eternals has been released in the Indian box office.

The most recent outing for the MCU was the much-publicized Spider-Man: No Way Home which saw Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprise roles from previous Spidey films, alongside Tom Holland. The movie was released alongside Allu Arjun’s Pushpa: The Rise, and while the opening day set for Spider-Man far exceeded Pushpa by miles, Pushpa’s success ultimately proved that audiences have an appetite for larger-than-life content. Both films were released shortly before the third wave of the pandemic, so their tracks were cut short. Spider-Man: No Way Home opened at a staggering Rs 32.67 crore for Pushpa: The Rise’s (Indian) Rs 3.33 crore. The lifetime collection of the MCU films was Rs 218.41 crore, as against Pushpa: The Rise’s (Indian) Rs 108.26 crore.

Pushpa box office rise Pushpa: The success of The Rise has proven that Marvel’s dominance is unbeatable.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness doesn’t clash with any major Friday play, so it’s not yet clear if Marvel’s magic is still alive, and if they can still entice audiences as they did in their pre-pandemic days.

Bollywood Hungama box office numbers.

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