Thor: Love and Thunder is proving that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still the strongest franchise around. The film, which hit theaters earlier this month, has just crossed a major box office milestone ahead of its third weekend. Thor’s fourth solo adventure has officially passed the $500 million mark at the global box office. The question is, can it catch up to Thor: Ragnarok?
According to The Numbers, Thor: Love and Thunder has earned $503.6 million as of this writing, with $239.2 million of that coming from domestic ticket sales. International audiences have brought in $264.4 million so far. The movie did suffer a very steep drop in its second weekend and looks to surrender the top spot this weekend to Jordan Peele’s NOPE. Even so, it will almost certainly pass Thor: The Dark World ($644 million) before the end of its run. The bigger task will be surpassing Thor: Ragnarok ($850 million). Even if it doesn’t get over that benchmark, it’s still going to earn enough to be another hit for the MCU.
Here is the synopsis for “Thor: Love and Thunder.”
“Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ finds the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But Thor’s retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.”
Taika Waititi directed the latest adventure for the God of Thunder. Waititi also directed Ragnarok, which helped turn the franchise around. The Dark World is still largely considered to be one of the worst MCU movies to date. As a result, the series needed some reinvention. Waititi delivered that in spades, as Ragnarok remains one of the most beloved MCU movies to date. Love and Thunder lies somewhere in the middle. The film currently holds a 68% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes to go with a 78% audience score.
What remains uncertain is Thor’s future in the MCU. Not to spoil anything but Marvel didn’t kill off the character in this adventure. The credits also promise that “Thor will return.” As for when he will return? That has yet to be revealed. But it seems we haven’t seen the last of him yet.
Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as the God of Thunder, with Natalie Portman returning as Jane Foster/The Mighty Thor. The cast also includes Tessa Thompson, as Valkyrie and Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher. Waititi also reprises his role as Korg.
Thor: Love and Thunder is in theaters now.