After a powerful June of box office success, Thor: Love and Thunder continued a streak of strong debuts with a $143 million dollar debut.
The fourth standalone Marvel story about Thor opened in 4,375 theaters in North America and had a bigger debut than its three predecessors. The original Thor opened in 2011 for $65 million and has only seen the franchise grow to successful numbers. Thor: Ragnarok, the third in the film franchise, reinvigorated the franchise with the help of Taika Waititi so much that he was asked to come back for Thor: Love and Thunder.
The new Marvel film took in the third-biggest opening weekend behind Jurassic World Dominion ($145 million) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($185 million).
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Internationally, Thor: Love and Thunder opened better than expected with $159 million from 47 markets, tallying its overall global box office to $302 million. With an estimated $250 million to produce and around $100-150 million for promotion, the film should retain a profit.
While there are still a couple of international markets the film is set to debut in the next weeks, most analysts will watch this upcoming weekend’s numbers to see if the movie can continue this success. Movie theater owners are optimistic after a strong June and beginning of July that audiences will continue to grow in the upcoming months.
The biggest positive to come from this news is that Thor: Love and Thunder had a strong audience despite the multiverse component that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man: No Way Home had. While it did not reach the ticket sales of those two films, Disney/Marvel Studios has to be pleased that fans still want to see a film without an ensemble cast and possible cameos.
Thor: Love and Thunder follow Thor after the events of Avengers: Endgame as he reunites with his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who returns as the Mighty Thor. The film also introduces us to the galactic villain Gorr the God Butcher, who is hellbent on his plan to purge the universe of all things divine.
Let us know your thoughts below, or over on Discord. Thor: Love and Thunder was released in the U.S on July 8th, but slightly earlier in some international territories.