Thor: Love and Thunder–Massive Global Hit

Thunderous Opening With $143M Franchise-Best Opening

The fourth film in the Marvel standalone franchise, with Chris Hemsworth in the lead role, launched to a huge $302 million globally.

 

Marvel and Disney’s Thor: Love and Thunder boasted a huge domestic opening of $143 million, the best showing of the standalone franchise starring Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding superhero.

The pic opened in line with expectations in North America, where it scored the third-best opening of the pandemic era behind Spider-Man: No Way Home ($260 million) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($187.4 million).

Thor: Love and Thunder also did well overseas, earning $159 million from international box office for global start of $302 million.

The Disney and Marvel movie is direct sequel to Thor: Ragnarok — both were directed by Taika Waititi — and is the fourth entry in the Thor standalone franchise.

It’s also the 29th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe empire of titles.

 

Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth

 

(L-R): Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Marvel Studios' THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER.

Ragnorok fared the best at $122.7 million in 2017.

The first Thor debuted to $65.7 million in 2011, followed by $85.7 million for Thor: The Dark World in 2013.

Audiences gave Thor: Love and Thunder a B+ CinemaScore, compared to the A for Ragnorak.

The movie reunites Hemsworth and Oscar winner Natalie Portman, while franchise newcomers include Oscar winner Christian Bale.

The cast also includes Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Waititi and Russell Crowe.

Busy Movie Market

The market is the most crowded it has been since COVID-19 struck, between Thor 4Minions: The Rise of GruTop Gun: MaverickDoctor Strange and Jurassic World Dominion, along others.

Domestic revenue for the July 8-10 weekend is expected to hit $235 million — up 98 percent from last year when Black Widow opened and, more significantly, up 92 percent from 2019, months before the pandemic struck.

Minions 2 came in No. 2 in its second weekend with $45.6 million for a domestic total of $210.1 million and $399.9, already making it the most successful family title since the COVID-19 crisis struck.

Top Gun: Maverick: Billion Dollar Club

Top Gun: Maverick stayed high up on the chart with $15.5 million for domestic total of $597.4 million — it is now only days away of crossing $600 million — and $1.183 billion globally.

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic Elvis earned $11 million domestically to place No. 4. It finished Sunday with domestic total of $91.2 million and $155.1 million globally.

Jurassic World 3 rounded out the top five with $8.1 million for a huge global haul of $826.5 million.