The latest entry in Disney’s Thor series won at the box office over the weekend Debut for 143 million dollars.
But despite its impressive domestic haul, the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe film fell just short of expectations, which had called for a $150 million opening. Diversity.
Chris Hemsworth’s fourth solo Thor film also received mixed but positive reviews from critics and received a B+ CinemaScore rating.
Up close: Disney’s Thor: Love And Thunder earned $143 million at the weekend box office, according to Variety , though it fell short of expectations of $150 million; Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman can be seen in the film
“Thor: Love and Thunder” opened in 4,375 theaters in North America.
Despite earning $20 million more than the last film in the series in its first week, Thor: Ragnarok Love and Thunder earned slightly less than its predecessor when adjusted for inflation.
Still, the Marvel film boasts the third-biggest opening weekend of 2022, behind Jurassic World Dominion and Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness.
Unlike an earlier Marvel film or last year’s popular Spider-Man: No Way Home, Love and Thunder doesn’t feature multiple universes colliding.
Not quite: Love and Thunder (pictured) grossed $20 million more than the last film in the Ragnarok series, but the former earned more when adjusted for inflation.
While Chris Pratt and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy are briefly shown early in the film, it’s primarily up to Chris Hemsworth and his co-stars, including Tessa Thompson and director/actor Taika Waititi.
Natalie Portman returns to the franchise after sitting out Ragnarok, playing Thor’s ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who has taken on some of his powers and inherited his magical hammer.
Christian Bale also stars as the villain Gorr, the butcher god who hopes to destroy all gods, while Russell Crowe makes a humorous appearance as Zeus.
It’s unclear whether “Thor: Love and Thunder” will have the same staying power as other summer hits — notably “Shooter: Maverick” — as the film received just 68% fresh ratings from critics polled Rotten tomatoes.
If you include only the top critics from the most prestigious publications — which leaves out many sites that cater almost exclusively to fans of comic book movies — the mark drops to a much more muted 51 percent.
There’s also the issue of its B+ CinemaScore, as most MCU films receive an A- or higher, including the original Thor (2011).
Still Number One: It earned mixed reviews from critics and just a B+ CinemaScore, raising questions about how it will perform in the coming weeks
Star-studded cast: Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi and Pom Klementieff attend the London screening of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’
Number Two: Minions: Rise Of Gru took first place last weekend but slipped to second
Deadline reported that RelishMixentertainment analytics company, expressed some concern about how critics and audiences would receive the film.
“The energy level and tone are wildly mixed, leaning toward the positive, as Thor’s chatter returns to the MCU’s pre-pandemic cynicism, playfulness, and criticism,” the corporation said.
“Some wonder if it’s a comedy, while others explain that this project goes from superhero to Taika Waititi’s improvisational playfulness.”
Owen Gleiberman, chief film critic Diversityalso discussed the film and Taika’s direction, stating that “it’s witty to see that if you don’t make fun of a Marvel movie while it’s being made, you can take it more seriously than the audience.”
Despite mixed critical reviews, that didn’t stop Thor from taking first place at the box office.
In second place was the animated film Minions: Rise of the Gru , which dropped 57 percent to earn another $45.55 million for a domestic total of $210 million.
In second place was the animated film Minions: Rise of the Gru , which fell 57 percent to earn another $45.55 million for a domestic total of $210 million.
Still high: Top Gun: Maverick earned another $15.5 million for a total of $597.4 million, two steps short of becoming one of only 12 films to ever earn $600 million at the box office rent a country
Story: Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic also remained strong with $11 million for a total of $91.1 million, showing that audiences still want to see non-superhero movies
Tom Cruise-starrer Top Gun: Maverick continued to show great endurance in third place.
It went on to earn another $15.5 million, bringing its total to $597.4 million, making it one of only 12 films to ever gross $600 million at the domestic box office.
Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic also remained strong with $11 million for a total of $91.1 million, showing that audiences still want to see movies that aren’t about superheroes or familiar franchises.
Dinosaur drama Jurassic World Dominion adds $8.4 million for $350.3 million
Jurassic World Dominion added an additional $8.4 million for a total of $350.3 million.
Horror film Black Phone had another respectable weekend, earning $7.66 million.
Disney’s Toy Story spinoff Lighter earned nearly $3 million for a $112.3 million cume.
Shell in Boots, starring Jenny Slate, was a popular counter-program that earned $340K over the weekend for a total of $963.4K.
Marvel: In ninth place was Marvel’s earlier Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. He earned another $262,000 for a total of $411.06 million
In ninth place was the earlier Marvel film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. He earned another $262,000 for a total of $411.06 million.
Rounding out the top 10 is A24’s impressive sci-fi/action film Everything Everywhere at Once.
The film received stellar reviews, particularly for star Michelle Yeoh, and audiences continued to turn to it.
The film earned another $241,000 for a total of $67.6 million.
Rounding out the top 10 is A24’s impressive sci-fi/action film Everything Everywhere at Once. The film earned another $241,000 for a total of $67.6 million