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Thor Love and Thunder hits the mark; Top Gun still hot


The summer movie season is on fire with plenty of awesome box office hits in theaters. The past weekend shows more sizzle.

Both Thunder’s $159M overseas and $302M global figures represent the third-best openings for any Hollywood film of the pandemic era. In both cases, the only two two titles ranking ahead of it are fellow Marvel Studios releases – Spider-Man: No Way Home ($334.2M overseas / $587.2M global) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($265M overseas / $450M global).

The Thor movies over time have gained in popularity as the MCU straightened its brand over the years. The first film in 2011 opened to $65.7 million and finished with $181 million. Its sequel, Thor: The Dark World, went from a summer release to November and started with $85.7 million and finished with over $206 million. When Taika Waititi was given the reins for the 2017 release of Thor: Ragnarok, its less serious tone and jokey jokiness resulted in another November haul of over $122 million to start and over $315 million domestically. Thor: Love and Thunder again has reached a new height. At least according to ticket sales.

Ok, we're going to admit it. Minions is a winner. That big family film from last week continued to make money this week though not nearly as much. Minions: The Rise of Gru fell 57% in its second week down to $45.6 million. That brings its total to $210 million, the eighth-best for a July release after 10 days, ranking just behind its predecessor, Minions, which had $215.7 million. That film also had a $49.2 million second weekend, so The Rise of Gru is trending slightly below but still pretty close to the first film, which ultimately finished with $336 million. In other words, it’s very possible for this sequel to get itself over $320 million. Minions’ third weekend fell over 53%, and it was barely beaten by newcomer Pixels. The Rise of Gru’s third weekend will have a new animated challenger, but it may have a window to make up a little ground on the 2015 film.

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Jul 13, 2022

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