‘Thor: Love & Thunder’ drops 68% in second weekend, ‘As the Crawdads sing’ beats expectations with $17 million opening, ‘Paws of Fury’ fails to lure family fans away from ‘Minions 2’

It’s another blast this week as Thor: Love and Thunder brought in $46 million, beating out new competition in its second weekend, totaling $233 million domestically and $498 million worldwide. While those numbers are undoubtedly strong, it’s not all good news for the 29th MCU movie, as its 68% drop was one of the biggest downfalls the franchise has seen. The Ten Days movie is still Thor’s best solo movie yet, but relatively word of mouth on this, as evidenced by B+ CinemaScore compared to its predecessor Thor: Ragnarok, appears to be hurting the box office (by comparison, Ragnarokalso directed by Taika WaititiThe second weekend drop was 53.5%).

Is the audience tired of MCU Trademarks? bull 4 It is the fourth film in the franchise to drop more than 65% in its second weekend, and all four of those titles were from roughly the past year (the others being Black Widow, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Doctor Strange in the multiverse of Madness). On top of that, the past year has seen several of the worst-received films. of the four MCU Films in Group A from CinemaScore (Thor, Eternals, Dr. Gharib 2And the bull 4), three from last year, as well as three of the six MCU Movies drop below 75% on Rotten Tomatoes (strange 2And the bull 4And the eternity).

Although this trend is discouraging, there is not much to suggest that MCU The fever is receding. Two large drops can be explained by strange circumstances, such as Black Widow It was also available on Disney+ and Spider-Man: No Way Home’s It happened to be the second weekend during Christmas, with its second landing on Friday on the usual Christmas Eve. Beyond that, two this summer MCU Movies may have dropped more than usual due to their less than excellent word-of-mouth, but massive editorials suggest audiences are still clamoring for Avengers-adjacent content. Also, the recent big drops may be disappointing, but nonetheless Dr. Gharib 2 Completion of nearly 1 billion dollars and bull 4 Already halfway there in ten days, it’s clear that the franchise is still ablaze, even as the films receive mixed reviews.

In second place was Minions: The Rise of Gru, which took in $26 million in its third weekend, down just 44%. That’s better than the top Minions, which dropped 53.5% in the three weekends for a total of $22.9 million. After spending the first two weeks a little late, Gru . Rise It finally managed to catch up with its predecessor with $262.6 million, almost on par with disciples 17 komme days.

A big box office surprise this weekend was Where the Crawdads Sing, which beat expectations to debut at $17 million in third place. championship Daisy Edgar Jones And on the basis of Delia Owens The literary phenomenon that has become one of the best-selling novels of the past decade, the $24 million film from Sony and Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine was received better by audiences (A- CinemaScore) than critics (34% on Rotten Tomatoes). Women flock to the movie, and if we can keep up with it, we can see that it beats The Girl on the Train. This similarly thrilling movie was based on a bestseller and opened to $24.5 million, and despite disappointing audiences (it earned B-CinemaScore), it still grossed $75.4 million domestically and grossed $173 million worldwide. Cordades The international potential may not be great, but the over-opening gives us one of the few successful programmers of the summer.

In fourth place, Top Gun: Maverick came in with an additional $12 million, dropping 23% in its eighth weekend to total $618 million domestically and $1,237 billion worldwide. It’s now been days since it entered the top ten at the domestic box office ever, and over the rest of the summer we’ll see how far it can fly on the list.

Elvis came in fifth in his fourth weekend with $7.6 million. Now at $106 million, the WB movie is the biggest unlicensed adult driving movie of the year.

Outside the top five, newcomer Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank failed to hit its target. The new animated movie Blazing Saddles (by Kung Fu Panda) brought in just $6.3 million, below already low expectations. Includes a star-studded voice cast Michael CiraAnd the Ricky GervaisAnd the Mel BrooksAnd the George TakeiAnd the Gabriel IglesiasAnd the Michelle YeohAnd the Samuel L. JacksonBut the ingredients here haven’t been able to keep family fans away from Despicable Me. On the plus side, Paramount only paid $10 million for the rights to the toon.

Ms. Harris Goes To Paris debuted at number nine on 980 screens with a net worth of $1.9 million, and is on track to become Focus Features’ third biggest movie of the year after Downton Abbey: A New Era and The Northman. The movie he is starring in Leslie ManvilleAnd the Isabelle Hubert And the Jason IsaacA Handmaid’s Tale In 1950s London she went to Paris to buy a Dior dress that she became obsessed with. It has attracted critics (93% on Rotten Tomatoes), and the older women’s show hasn’t been directed at it much in the coming weeks, so it has a good chance of growing from here.

Just outside the top ten is Marcel the Shell with Shoes On at number eleven, which spanned 48 to 153 theaters and grossed $575,000. Costing $1.7 million, the partially stop-motion parody is one of the Art House’s most successful titles of the year (in addition to being one of the year’s 99%-reviewed films on Rotten Tomatoes), and A24 plans to continue its expansion throughout the summer.

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