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Love and Thunder’ has $143 million domestic opening

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Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth star in Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

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With “Thor: Love and Thunder” zapping up an estimated $143 million during its domestic weekend, box office analysts feel confident that movie theaters aren’t any longer on the road to recovery and have reached a pace of normalcy seen in pre-pandemic times.

Over the weekend, the most recent entrant in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe tallied $159 million internationally, bringing its global haul to $302 million.

“Marvel fans turned out in force yet again this weekend as ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ followed the success of Minions last week to mix for the primary pair of $100 million openers on consecutive weekends since 2018,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com.

“Thor: Love and Thunder” is estimated to have drawn in greater than 10 million moviegoers this weekend, about 57% of all cinema patrons, in response to data from EntTelligence.

With continued ticket sales for movies like Paramount and Skydance’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” Universal’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and “Jurassic World: Dominion” in addition to Pixar’s “Lightyear” and Warner Bros.’ “Elvis,” this weekend’s domestic box office will rake in well over $200 million, if not closer to $250 million.

“It’s noteworthy that this weekend will reflect a level of normalcy on the box office that has been constructing because the starting of the summer movie season with a various collection of hits from the superhero, motion, comedy, family, indie, and horror genres which can be now joined by ‘Thor: Love And Thunder,'” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.

Dergarabedian noted that three years ago, through the same weekend, Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” topped the box office alongside Disney’s “Toy Story 4” and “Aladdin,” Universal’s “Yesterday,” Warner Bros.’ “Annabelle Comes Home” and A24’s “MIdsommar.”

Those movies generated $185 million during that weekend, a sum that can “easily be beaten by this weekend’s overall lineup as ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ hammers out one other solid Marvel debut,” he said.

While the general variety of wide releases in 2022, is down greater than 30% in comparison with 2019, Dergarabedian said this 12 months’s box office is hitting its stride.

“Perhaps we are able to finally proclaim that the industry just isn’t on the ‘road’ to recovery but has finally ‘arrived’ at a destination of normalcy that has been a protracted time coming for movie theaters,” he said.

Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal distributed “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” “Jurassic World: Dominion” and “Yesterday.”

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