Disney’s Thor: Love and Thunder throws up the competition at the domestic box office, anticipating an opening north of $135 million from 4,375 theaters. That would be a step up from the stormy superhero’s previous solo outing, “Thor: Ragnarok,” which opened to $122.7 million in 2017.
If the estimates are correct, “Love and Thunder” would make the second biggest debut to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, between 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2″ ($146.5 million) and 2010’s “Iron Man 2” (128.1 million). dollar). It would also have the third-highest three-day domestic opening of the year, behind “Jurassic World Dominion” ($145 million) and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” ($187.4 million).
The fourth installment in Thor’s MCU story got off to a solid start with a gross of $69.5 million on opening day, which includes $29 million in Thursday previews.
As with any Marvel Studios movie, “Love and Thunder” costs a pretty penny, and has a production price of $250 million. And, as with nearly any Marvel Studios movie, it won’t be long before the movie recoups those costs in global ticket sales.
Critics were much less receptive to “Love and Thunder” than the usual Marvel entry. The film currently has a 51% approval rating from top critics on Rotten Tomatoes. diverse However, chief film critic Owen Gleiberman enjoyed the post, praising Taika Waititi’s direction for having “the intelligence to know that if you’re not making fun of a Marvel movie as you make it out to be, you might take it more seriously than audiences do.”
While audiences are warmer toward Love and Thunder than critics, the film doesn’t seem to garner the same level of enthusiasm that welcomes most Marvel movies. “Love and Thunder” has a “B+” score from research firm Cinema Score, indicating a strongly favored opinion among ticket buyers. However, 25 of 28 previous entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe have scored “A-” or higher grades, with 2011’s “Thor” and this year’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” charting at “B+” scores and a record. Last fall’s “Eternals” album is a low-key “B.”
It won’t be proven how much word of mouth will affect the movie’s showing until the end of next week, but it wouldn’t be wise to set expectations a little lower for now. Regardless, once this impressive opening is taken into account, “Love and Thunder” will land firmly among this year’s highest-grossing releases.
Ragnarok director Waititi in Love and Thunder, in which Chris Hemsworth plays Thor and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, returns his recurring and recurring love interest, who also earned the nickname Thor in this film. In this chapter of the “Thor” story, former friends must band together in order to defeat Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale.
“Minions: The Rise of Gru” should rank second on our sophomore outing. The studio is anticipating $47.2 million, which is a 56% decrease from its stellar start of $107 million.
The next spin-off of Tic Tac’s chatty yellow creatures is already the biggest animated release at the box office since 2019’s Frozen II. The lighting production should expand GDP beyond $200 million over the weekend.
Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” continues its strong showing, with the studio predicting a 44% drop in Tom Cruise’s sequel in its seventh weekend. The film should expand gross domestic product to $596 million this weekend, inches closer to becoming the twelfth release ever to cross $600 million in North America.
In the all-time domestic box office charts, Maverick currently stands within walking distance of Disney’s Incredibles 2, which ended its domestic run with $608 million in the tank. Next, the Paramount release is looking to make an impact in the top 10 games of all time, aiming to surpass Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($608 million) and The Avengers ($620 million). For now, Maverick will have to settle for being the highest-grossing release of 2022 at the global box office.
Elvis should take fourth place for the weekend. The Warner Bros. Biography. It is expected to drop 38% on Friday the third, adding $3.3 million to its bottom line. The biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann will cross $90 million in gross domestic product as of Sunday. Elvis could pass Paramount’s The Lost City, which grossed $105 million in its domestic run, to become the biggest North American release of the year without ties to an existing franchise (although the film is primarily about how Presley turned into a franchise in and of himself) .
Universal’s “Jurassic World Dominion” is looking to approach the top five, dropping 50% in its fifth weekend of release. The dinosaur sequel will reach a domestic gross of $350 million in the coming days. Now it seems unlikely that “Dominion” will be able to match the $417 million in North America of its predecessor, 2018’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” However, the film is getting close to Warner Bros. ‘”The Batman” ($369 million) to become one of the top three domestic releases of the year.