‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ hammer competition with $143 million opening

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Thor: Love and Thunder
The stars of “Thor: Love and Thunder”. Photo via @thorofficial Twitter

Thor: Love and Thunderopened to $143 million this weekend, marking another entry in what has been a torrid box office season after two years of declines during the coronavirus pandemic, according to industry estimates released Sunday.

Adding a bit of romance to the mix, with Natalie Portman alongside Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding god, proved to be a winning formula for Marvel’s four-movie franchise, which recorded its biggest opening yet. day.

It was the third-biggest opening of the year, behind ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ and ‘Jurassic World: Dominion,’ and the fifth film since Memorial Day weekend to earn more than $100 million. dollars in its first weekend.

Last weekend’s top-grossing movie, “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” finished in second place with $45.5 million in its second week in North American theaters, Comscore reported.

“Top Gun: Maverick” continued its incredible run, grossing another $15.5 million in its seventh week for a cumulative domestic total of over $597 million.

“Elvis” finished fourth with $11 million Friday-Sunday in its third week, followed by “Jurassic World Dominion” with $8.4 million in its fifth week.

Rounding out the top 10 domestic releases, according to Comscore estimates, were “The Black Phone” ($7.6 million), “Lightyear” ($2.9 million), “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” ($340,000), “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” ($262,000) and “Mr. Malcolm’s List” ($245,416).

Estimated three-day box office receipts this weekend are $236.1 million. The year-to-date total is $4.248 billion, a 234% increase from the 2021 figure, according to Comscore.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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