‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Arrives with $302 Million Opening Weekend
It was a highly-anticipated sequel that has been clamored for by Marvel fans excited for the next chapter in Thor’s MCU saga. They answered by coming out in droves, as Thor: Love and Thunder finally arrives on an incredible $302 million opening weekend.
There truly is no denying the power of Thor, as the iconic Marvel hero has proven his worth as one of the MCU’s most popular characters with a fantastic Box office debut in what is a record-setting fourth solo film for the Marvel staple.
The return of Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, Thor star Chris Hemsworth, and a host of characters that have made the Thor franchise one of Marvel’s most successful are all on the long list of reasons why this film was among the most exciting for Phase Four’s slate of films.
With the summer box office being somewhat unpredictable in the first true summer film slate of the post-pandemic world, it appears that the Marvel adventure has exceeded most expectations, as Thor: Love and Thunder arrives at a $302 million opening weekend.
It was first reported by Forbes, who noted that the film arrived domestically with a $143 million debut, which gives the film the third-biggest weekend opening of the year behind Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ $187 Million and Jurrasic World: Dominions $145 Million.
Although the domestic numbers are lower than many experts had initially predicted, the uncertainty of the market following less-than-stellar reviews of the film makes the actual outcome a positive; especially considering how well the international market took to the film.
It will be interesting to continue to track the summer success of Thor: Love and Thunder, as the post-COVID world, is still an uncharted place for the box office, what we’re seeing now out of films like this, and Doctor Strange 2, could represent a new normal for the studio.
With the anomoly of Spider-Man: No Way Home looking more and more like such with every passing year, it will be interesting to see how cards fall when it is all said and done for Thor: Love and Thunder; and if the presence of Disney+ could continue to have an effect.