UPDATED July 17, 1:27 p.m. ET: Fresh off scoring a $143 opening weekend debut at the box office, Thor: Love and Thunder delivered a franchise-worst performance in its second weekend.
Deadline reports the fourth installment in the Chris Hemsworth-starring Thor franchise earned $43 million this weekend, which amounts to a 68 percent drop from last weekend.
The outlet notes that Love and Thunder tied 2021’s Black Widow for the worst second weekend by a Marvel film, ranking below this year’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which dropped 67 percent in its sophomore weekend.
Despite its disappointing second weekend performance, Love and Thunder has already earned $498 million at the global box office, with more than $233 million coming from domestic theaters.
See original story from 7/10/22 below.
The latest Marvel film grossed $143 million in North America and another $159 million internationally, for a total of $302 million in its first weekend at the global box office. Love and Thunder surpassed the first weekend numbers of its predecessor, 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, which opened to $123 million in North America.
Love and Thunder is the fourth film in the Thor franchise, following 2011’s Thor, 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, and 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. The previous three films performed well at the worldwide box office, grossing $449.3 million, $644.8 million, and $854 million, respectively.
“It’s noteworthy that this weekend will reflect a level of normalcy at the box office that has been building since the beginning of the summer movie season with a diverse selection of hits from the superhero, action, comedy, family, indie, and horror genres that are now joined by ‘Thor: Love And Thunder,’” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore, told CNBC.
Christian Bale, who plays Gorr the God Butcher in Love and Thunder, recently spoke with Complex about how his kids have responded to their dad joining the MCU.
“Well, I imagine that nothing is ever as interesting when it’s your own dad right in the middle of it,” he joked. “But, this was actually the first film that I felt like I probably couldn’t manage it despite the fact that I really liked Thor: Ragnorak and Jojo Rabbit and like Taika. Chris kills it as this. Natalie is an incredible talent—I’ve worked with her before—and Tessa is absolutely phenomenal as well. But I felt like, schedule-wise, it just wasn’t gonna work. And my kids did correct me on that and said, “No.” That’s the first time they’ve ever done that. They said, “No, no, no, Dad, you’re gonna find a way, and you’re gonna do this one.”