Thor Love and Thunder scores franchise best debut, earns Rs 64.80 cr in India over 4 days
Thor Love and Thunder box office: The Chris Hemsworth film’s global total is already at $302 million, with Rs 65 crore coming in from India.
Four movies in, Thor is still bringing the hammer down at the box office. Thor: Love and Thunder earned $143 million in its opening weekend in North America, according to studio estimates Sunday. It’s a franchise best for the God of Thunder and another success story of the summer 2022 box office season.
The film did well in India as well, having netted Rs 64.80 crore over four days. Love and Thunder released one day in advance in the country. The film opened well on Thursday (Rs 18.6 crore) but then faced a big drop on Friday. It recovered on Saturday but was back a position of strength on Sunday. Most of the growth came from dubbed Hindi version of the film in the mass market.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#ThorLoveAndThunder has an excellent [extended] Weekend 1… Day 3 and 4 were back to Day 1 levels… Fifth biggest *opening weekend* [#Hollywood films]… Thu 18.20 cr, Fri 11.40 cr, Sat 16.80 cr, Sun 18.40 cr. Total: ₹ 64.80 cr. #India biz. NBOC. All versions.”
The second Thor movie directed by Taika Waititi opened on 4,375 screens this weekend in the US, starting with Thursday previews. It easily topped the box office, bumping Minions: The Rise of Gru into second place. Including international showings, where Love and Thunder opened in 47 territories starting in the middle of last week, its global total is already at $302 million.
“It’s another home run for Marvel,” said Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for Comscore. “It’s unheard of for a Marvel movie not to open at No. 1.”
The Thor franchise has grown with each subsequent film, which is both a rarity in franchise filmmaking in general but also not uncommon for those of the Marvel variety. The first film opened to $65.7 million in 2011, followed by $85.7 million for The Dark World in 2013 and $122.7 million for 2017′s Ragnarok. Waititi, who also directed Ragnarok, is widely credited with rejuvenating the series, infusing it with humor, irreverence and leaning into larger-than-life metal aesthetics.
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Critics skewed mostly positive and the Rotten Tomatoes score is currently sitting at 68% fresh. Audiences, who gave the film a B+ CinemaScore, were heavily male (60%) and 53% were between the ages of 18 and 34, according to exit polls. IMAX reported that $23 million of the global total came from their screens.
Love and Thunder brings back Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman, whose Jane Foster becomes the Mighty Thor. Russell Crowe also co-stars as Zeus and Christian Bale plays the villain Gorr the God Butcher. It also boasts the biggest production budget of the Thor films, at a reported $250 million.