The reviews were unbelievably soft, with critics pointing at tonal issues proving a distraction, but Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder was predictably the box office champion this weekend. Domestically it pulled in $143 million from 4,375 theaters according to Deadline.
The Marvel juggernaut trajectory can be traced via the Thor movies.
Thor opened with $65 million in 2011, Thor: The Dark World snagged $85 million in 2013, and Thor: Ragnarok got $122 million in 2017. So Thor: Love And Thunder is the biggest hit for the Norse God Of Thunder but only the 12th highest in the MCU. For comparison Spider-Man: No Way Home pulled in $260 million.
Outside the US the haul for Thor was another $159 million, taking it to $302 million from 48 markets which made it the third-best pandemic-era opening for a Hollywood movie overseas. Imax accounted for $23 million of that total.
Last week Minions: Rise of Gru was flying high, but this week it had a -57% drop to bring its domestic total to $210 million out of just over $400 million worldwide.
The remarkable run of Top Gun: Maverick continues with another $15.5 million, taking it to $597 million domestic and $1.184 billion worldwide. Most movies these days have a window of around 45 days before they appear on streaming, the new post-pandemic reality. Top Gun: Maverick is said to be locked into a 120 day exclusive window.
Paramount are reportedly desperate to get it out on streaming where they get to keep more of the money, but the producers (including Cruise) had it written into the contract.
Nope comes out on 22nd July, and then the release schedule goes noticeably quiet regarding popcorn blockbusters until October when Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and Black Adam hit, before quarter 4 is rounded out with Shazam 2 and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.