Chris Hemsworth’s Thor: Love and Thunder tops the box office again, but experienced a steep drop.
Marvel Studios’ newest film Thor: Love and Thunder is dividing critics and audiences. While some enjoyed director Taika Waititi’s sequel, others found it to be a mess, despite the ever-so charming Chris Hemsworth still embodying the role. The film opened to $144 million in its domestic box office debut last weekend, and although it tops its competition again this weekend, it experienced a significant drop, raking in only $46 million, which is a 68% drop.
The steep drop for Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor: Love and Thunder is on par with both Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ 67% drop and Scarlet Johannson’s Black Widow’s 68% drop. Although Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: No Way Home had a similar 68% drop, that still carried on to break more box office records thanks to its word of mouth amongst fans justifying the unprecedented hype. And in regards to Black Widow, that film was also subject to the Disney+ Premier Access option in which subscribers can watch the film at home around the same time it was in theaters for $29.99.
Thor: Love and Thunder isn’t resonating with audiences.
Although Chris Hemsworth’s fourth solo MCU film isn’t without its fans, the response to the film compared to other recent entries in the franchise is pretty lackluster. When compared to the rest of Phase 4, Black Widow received an A-, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings received an A, Eternals received a B, Spider-Man: No Way Home received an A+, and Doctor Strange int he Multiverse of Madness received a B+.
Critics and audiences seem to have mixed feelings to Marvel Studios’ Phase 4 so far. Although it hasn’t been without its bursts of positive reception, some feel that the influx of new films mixed with dozens of hours of new series streaming exclusively on Disney Plus have a lack of direction. In the case of Thor: Love and Thunder, it may have served as an inflection point for some audiences frustrated with the franchise’s direction at this time. With that in mind, all eyes are now on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s box office legs coming this autumn.
Here is the synopsis for the new Chris Hemsworth film:
The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his 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.
Directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, the Thor solo film stars Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
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