The Thor: Love and Thunder opening night box-office figures are in, and the movie had the second-highest opening of 2022. Marvel Studios’ Thor franchise returns this year nearly five years after Thor: Ragnarok debuted in theaters. The new Phase 4 Marvel Cinematic Universe movie once again comes from the mind of director Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth, making him the first MCU actor to have four solo-movies. Audiences have had to wait longer than expected to see Thor again after Avengers: Endgame, as COVID-19 forced Marvel to delay the film from its original 2021 release date.
Although it has only been two years since the pandemic shut down movie theaters around the world, the exhibition business is starting to return to pre-pandemic form. There have been plenty of success stories (especially with 2022’s box office recovery), and it is no surprise that Marvel Studios has been at the forefront of helping bring people to theaters. Spider-Man: No Way Home broke records set even before the year began as it became 2021’s biggest film, while Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the highest-grossing movie of 2022. This brought a lot of confidence that Thor: Love and Thunder‘s box office would also impress.
Thor: Love and Thunder opened domestically last night, and Deadline reports the movie had a great first night. The outlet reports that Thor: Love and Thunder‘s opening night box-office haul tallied $29 million, which is the second-highest of the year – behind only Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ $36M in Thursday night previews. Earlier box office predictions called for the new MCU Phase 4 movie to open between $140-160M domestically over its first weekend.
The opening night box office for Thor: Love and Thunder also stacks up very well against the dozens of movies Marvel Studios has made since 2008. The $29M opening for Hemsworth’s solo movie is double what Thor: Ragnarok made back in 2017, which saw the movie earn $122M in its opening weekend. It is unlikely that Thor’s new movie doubles the overall opening, though. Thor: Love and Thunder‘s preview box office is also the fifth-highest for any MCU movie, as Avengers: Endgame ($60M), Spider-Man: No Way Home ($50M), Avengers: Infinity War ($39M), and Doctor Strange 2 ($36M) made more.
Even though Thor: Love and Thunder‘s reviews are not quite as glowing as Waititi’s predecessor, it remains to be seen how much that will impact the box office. Those who closely follow the MCU surely made up most of the Thursday night opening crowd, so they were going to see the film regardless of critical reviews. General audiences seem to be enjoying Thor: Love and Thunder more than critics, though, which could ensure the movie’s financial success and the possible continuation of the franchise.
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