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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Loses to ‘Doctor Strange 2’ in Theaters

The new Marvel movie Thor: Love and Thunder has had Marvel fans talking for months — first about when a teaser trailer for the sequel to Thor: Ragnarok from 2017 would finally be released, and then about Jane Foster’s appearance as Mighty Thor, and then about the very-in-demand Mjolnir popcorn buckets being given out in certain theaters. Now that the movie has officially premiered in theaters on Thursday night, Thor: Love and Thunder is getting just as big a turnout as Marvel Studios expected!

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Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth filming Thor: Love and Thunder.

The Marvel film follows the Norse god Thor Odinson (played by Australian actor and surfer enthusiast Chris Hemsworth) as he tries to shift away from his warrior reputation and become a new kind of hero. Comical and entertaining complications arise, of course, when Thor’s ex-girlfriend Jane Foster becomes Mighty Thor and the villain Gorr the God Butcher (played by Christian Bale) shows up!

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The Thor popcorn buckets representing Mjolnir can be found now at certain theaters!

Thor: Love and Thunder premiered on a Thursday night around 3 pm, as many films do in theaters, and the Marvel movie’s premiere has just beaten all other 2022 movies for its opening night and preview takings with the exception of one: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The takings from this first night at the box office brought in $29 million for Taika Waititi’s latest Thor movie (with the first Thor movie that he directed, the 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok, becoming a huge hit), according to Deadline.

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‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ film poster. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Rachel McAdams. Credit: Marvel Studios

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, however, brought in $36 million on its opening night in June — even though the movie’s horror elements left some viewers shaken and unnerved. Other movies that have dominated the box office this summer are Jurassic World: Dominion and Top Gun: Maverick, which actually beat a different Doctor Strange sequel record recently as well as a Pirates of the Caribbean record that had been holding strong for 15 years!

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Tom Cruise in Top Gun 2, aka Top Gun: Maverick Credit: Deadline.com / Paramount

The animated film Minions: The Rise of Gru has also done surprisingly well in theaters, although Lightyear failed to beat Jurassic World: Dominion. Are you excited about the sequel to Thor: Ragnarok? Are you seeing the movie in theaters?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!