Thor: Love and Thunder score the best weekend box office opening for a Thor movie

It's safe to say that Chris Hemsworth's fourth MCU outing is well on its way to becoming a certified blockbuster hit.

According to Variety, Thor: Love and Thunder cost Marvel Studios and Disney a whopping $250 million to produce and $100 million more to promote. However, after spending most of the past week and the entire weekend in theaters around the globe, it appears Thor 4 is well on its way to becoming another financially fruitful venture for the MCU.

Many consider Thor: Love and Thunder the best MCU film in Phase 4 so far. Only time will tell if its box office total will reflect that sentiment.

The same report also confirmed that Thor: Love and Thunder made $143 million in the U.S and more than that in theaters overseas at $159 million in its opening weekend.

In total, Thor 4 pulled in $302 million, which is the best initial outing for the series, which is led by Chris Hemsworth.

Critics don't appreciate that Thor: Love and Thunder is a step back from Thor: Ragnarok and not a step forward.

Traditionally, the Thor movies have not done well financially. The first film, which debuted in 2011, only raked in $65 million in its first few days of showing for a total of $449.3 million in its entire run. The sequel was not any better either, scoring only $644.8 million.

Thor: Ragnarok fared a lot better and marked the first time that the series would look like it would vault past the billion-dollar mark, ultimately falling short at $854 million. We still do not know where Thor: Love and Thunder will land at the end of its run, but this year's latest superhero adventure still managed to score the 12th-best weekend start in the MCU.

For what it's worth, the MCU is already invested in a fifth Thor "solo" outing, so it's not like Chris Hemsworth has a rocky future if Love and Thunder don't do well.

Chris Hemsworth will get another shot at making a billion dollar MCU film with Thor 5.

Speaking of doing well, Thor: Love and Thunder had mixed critical reviews. It's not nearly as divisive as the first two Thor films, but it wasn't a step-up compared to Ragnarok as most of them hoped. Thankfully, audiences seemed to like Thor 4 enough to still watch it despite facing off against other behemoths.

Minions: The Rise of Gru continues to steal the spotlight in its second weekend, en route to securing another $45.5 million to add to its ginormous global total ($399.8 million as of the time of writing) and the title as this year's highest-grossing animated film so far. Meanwhile, this year's biggest film so far, Top Gun: Maverick, continues to put a gap between it and the rest of the field with a still-growing tally of $1.18 billion. Finally, Jurassic World: Dominion is starting to slow down as it nears the $900 million mark at $876.5 million.

Ray Ampoloquio
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