‘Thor’ Reigns Again at the North American Box Office

The cast of Thor: Love and Thunder at the film’s red carpet premiere in Hollywood, CA. The film’s indefinite postponement has left fans and theaters in shock. – Photo via Facebook/Marvel Malaysia

Monday July 18, 2022 08:19 MYT

LOS ANGELES, July 18 – Marvel’s latest superhero movie Thor: Love and Thunder beat opponents for a second straight week to top the North American box office with an estimated haul of US$46 million (RM204.6 million), industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported yesterday.

The comedy sequel of 2017 Thor: Ragnarok stars a muscular, self-parodying Chris Hemsworth as the space viking who wields the mallet Mjolnir, but also finds himself pining for his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), whom he enlists for help in battling the butcher god Gorr (Christian Bale).

The take was down sharply from its US$144 million debut last weekend, but Thor still easily beat Minions: The Rise of Gruwhich earned second place for the second week in a row after a phenomenal opening weekend during the July 4 holiday.

The latest goofy episode of Universal’s animation Despicable Me franchise about reformed super-villain Gru and his yellow Minions grossed US$26 million Friday-Sunday.

Third place went to Where the Crawdads sing, the adaptation of Delia Owens’ novel about an abandoned girl who grows up in the swamps of North Carolina in the 1950s and 1960s and, during a murder trial years later, looks back on this harsh and violent upbringing. The take was US$17 million.

“This is a very good opening for a film that combines young adult romance and thriller crime drama. Where the Crawdads Sing’s weekend count is above average, despite weak reviews,” the analyst said. David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research.

“These films have never been strong overseas, and they will be here too,” he added.

Paramount jumped from third to fourth place Top Gun: Maverickthe audience-pleasing sequel to the original 1986 film that re-stars Tom Cruise as cocky US Navy test pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

The fighting ace feature, in its eighth week in theaters, has now grossed US$618 million worldwide.

Baz Luhrmann’s musical biopic Elvis – starring Austin Butler as the King alongside Tom Hanks as his exploitative manager, Colonel Tom Parker – slipped one spot to fifth in the Warner film’s fourth weekend of release Bros, at $7.6 million.

Another movie debuts – Paramount’s animated comedy Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank – scored a US$6.3 million loot for sixth place. It tells the story of an unfortunate dog who is tasked with protecting a village of cats.

Completing the top 10 were:

The black phone ($5.3 million)

Jurassic World: Dominion ($4.95 million)

Mrs. Harris goes to Paris ($1.9 million)

Light year (1.3 million dollars) – AFP

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