Love & Thunder Summons a Mighty $32M Opening Box Office


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Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth in a black-and-white set photo from Thor: Love & Thunder.

Image: Marvel Studios

The hype is real Thor: Love & Thunder Since the announcement that Natalie Portman would be returning to play, it has been a real thing Jane Foster is the Mighty Thor. Even though it was delayed a few times, 2017’s sequel is still in the works. Thor: Ragnarok was going to be a hit at the box office, thanks to the MCU’s neverending fandom and an additional boost of Taika Waititi increasing his star power in theYears between films You can play both! HitlerAnd A gay pirate. So now that’s it here, Love & Thunder has done exactly what you’d expect and made a pretty big opening swing at the box office.

In the states, Chris Hemsworth’s fourth solo story as Marvel’s thunder god has opened to $143 million at time of writing, having the biggest start of all the other Thor Movies, especially Ragnarok’s $123M open. Right now, it’s also got the third-biggest domestic opening of the year behind Jurassic World Dominion Doctor Strange 2. And iThe $159M international open has resulted in a $302M global total opening. Right now Love & Thunder’s Sitting pretty is not enough. fairly Mixed reception from fans and critics alike show that the film isn’t It is quite As worthy as it believed it to be before its release. A not quite stellar reaction hasn’t stopped Thor in the past—in fast, it’s exactly what led to Ragnarok in the first place—so it’ll be interesting to see how far this film goes now that it’s being perceived as a lesser follow-up.

Coming in second are the Minions; after last week’s Rise of Gru The opening was large, Despicable Me Prequel has now made $399.9M, essentially surpassing the $400M benchmark. It’s earned $45.5M between Friday and Sunday in the US, bringing its domestic total to $210M. That’s about a 60% drop off from opening weekend, but nothing to scoff at all the same, while getting an additional boost of $56.4M in international markets.

For those looking for more movie variety this month, next weekend offers up two big-budget book adaptations: Delia Owens’ best-selling novel Where the Crawdads sing hits theaters next week, as does the movie adaptation of Mark Greaney’s spy thriller The Gray Man This film will have a brief theatrical run before it hits Netflix on July 22. The last stretch of July will have some decent contenders in the form of Jordan Peele’s sci-fi horror comedy Nope and WB Animation’s DC League of Super Pets. While the Thors and the Maiden will be fine over the long term, July is going to really test them.

[via Variety]

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