‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ topped the box office. Debut: Lands Mighty $143 Million
As Chris Hemsworth’s fourth solo Marvel film, “Thor: Love and Thunder,” opened to a strong $143 million, Disney’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” took home the first-place prize.
Even while the film’s opening weekend take fell just below expectations ($150 million), its strong performance in North America’s 4,375 cinemas is certainly caused for celebration. Although “Thor: Ragnarok” opened to $123 million in North America in 2017, “Thor 4” had a far better start, with an opening weekend total of $175 million.
In addition, “Love and Thunder” was the third-largest opening weekend of the year, beating both “Jurassic World Dominion” ($145 million) and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (185 million).
According to Comscore, the summer box office haul for “Love and Thunder” has topped $2.27 billion. This gives movie theatre owners reason to be optimistic. Those returns are 217 per cent higher than in 2021 and only 12 per cent lower than in 2019. That’s good news for the exhibition business.
For “Love and Thunder,” the foreign box office proved to be an unexpected success, bringing its global total to an impressive $302 million in ticket sales from 47 markets. The film’s production budget was $250 million, while its marketing budget was about $100 million.
Men made up about 60% of the audience for “Thor: Love and Thunder’s” first weekend, according to ticket sales. Premium formats like Imax, 3D, and others contributed for 36% of global ticket sales for “Thor”. Worldwide, Imax took approximately $23 million; $13.8 million in North America.
The “Thor” series has only gained in popularity over the last decade after its 2011 Paramount debut with $65 million in box office revenue. Although Thor has become a fan favourite, the latest superhero adventure lacks the multiversal component that spurred the large turnout for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” or “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” therefore ticket sales did not approach similar levels.
“Love and Thunder” is a one-off narrative in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, despite the brief appearance of the Guardians of the Galaxy. “Thor 4” was the 12th-largest opening weekend take of the 29 films in the franchise.
Hemsworth’s Norse deity joins forces with his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) in “Love and Thunder,” directed by Taika Waititi, who previously directed “Thor: Ragnarok.” It is only through working together that they will succeed in their quest to rid the cosmos of the evil Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale, who plays him with a shaky voice and a gaunt appearance).
“Love and Thunder” was not as well-received by critics or viewers as “Ragnarok,” which received rave reviews from both groups. Too far, Rotten Tomatoes has it at 68% approval while CinemaScore gives it a “B+” grade. “Ragnarok,” on the other hand, has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93% and a CinemaScore of “A-.”
“Minions: The Rise of Gru” came in second place with $45.5 million over the weekend, a drop of 57% from its opening weekend. An amazing $210 million domestically and $399.8 million globally have been earned by the fifth instalment of the “Despicable Me” animated film series.
Even though “Top Gun: Maverick” has been in cinemas for nearly two months, Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” remained at No. 3 with another strong audience.
In its seventh weekend of release, the blockbuster action sequel pulled in $15.5 million from 3,513 theatres, a 40% drop from its previous outing. It’s now only a matter of time before the film becomes one of only 12 films to gross over $600 million in North America thanks to these additional ticket sales.
“Elvis,” a musical biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann, came in fourth place with $11 million in ticket sales from 3,714 theatres, a 40% drop from the previous weekend. An understated $91.1 million in North American box office receipts have been racked up by the colourful Warner Bros. film, which stars Austin Butler as the King of Rock and Roll.
Jurassic World Dominion, the blockbuster starring dinosaurs from Universal, came in fifth place with $8.4 million from 3,251 cinemas during its fifth weekend of release. “Jurassic Park” has crossed the $350 million mark at the domestic box office for the first time since the emergence of the pandemics. With $417 million in North American ticket sales, the film’s predecessor, 2018’s “Fallen Kingdom,” came to an end.
With the third weekend in limited release, A24’s “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” continued to draw crowds, earning $340,000 from 48 locations. The film, which stars Jenny Slate as an inch-tall seashell, has grossed $963,416 as it continues to roll out across the United States.
“Mr Malcolm’s List,” which was playing in 20 times as many theatres as “Marcel the Shell,” closed the weekend in eighth place, one position ahead of “Marcel the Shell.” After earning only $1.6 million in its first two weeks, Bleecker Street’s period drama fell all the way to No. 9 with $245,126 from 1,067 screens.
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