‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Brings In $143 Million During Opening Weekend

Well, Disney/Marvel’s latest standalone film featuring Chris Hemsworth’s Thor character slammed into theaters this past weekend, and it easily grabbed the number one spot.

Thor: Love and Thunder was released inside nearly 4,400 theaters across the country, bringing in a respectable $143 million. We used “respectable” instead of “impressive” because that $143 million total is actually a little lower than most projections.

Most people had the film bringing in at least $150 million, with some experts projecting a total closer to $170 million.

But still, $143 million is nothing to sneeze at.

Thor 4 enjoyed a bigger start than its predecessor, 2017’s quirky action-comedy ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ which opened to $123 million in North America. ‘Love and Thunder’ also notched the third-biggest opening weekend of the year behind ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ ($145 million) and ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ ($185 million).

So we doubt Disney is losing any sleep over a $143 million debut. In total, it’s already made $302 million across the globe, which puts it above the $250 million production budget. It cost an additional $100 million to promote, so they’ll probably be in the green by next weekend.

Meanwhile, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ manages to stay in the box office conversation. It came in third place with another $15.5 million. It’s made $597 million just in North America alone. It needs just $3 million more to become one of 12 movies to ever cross the $600 million mark in North America.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Just Broke All Kinds Of Records At The Box Office

Tom Cruise and the rest of the ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ crew have reason to celebrate today after a wildly successful Memorial Day weekend at the box office.

We told you last week that the ‘Top Gun’ sequel had a great chance of becoming Cruise’s first $100 million opening weekend, and well, we were right. The movie made $126 million through Sunday, and then brought in an additional $30 million on Memorial Day.

In total, it made $156 million in its first four days of release, which means it now holds the record for the biggest Memorial Day debut in history. The previous record holder was ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End‘ with $153 million back in 2007.

In a promising sign for summer movie season, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ — without the help of costumed heroes or fantastical spells — landed one of the top pandemic-era openings after ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ ($260 million), ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ ($187 million) and ‘The Batman’ ($134 million). Hollywood hopes a range of movies, like “’Jurassic World Dominion’ (June 9), ‘Elvis’ (June 24) and Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’ (July 22), will continue to entice audiences beyond the typically popular Marvel fare.

The movie brought in $124 million across the world, so the global total stands at an impressive $248 million. According to the reports, the budget was at around $150 million, so it looks like it already made its money back, depending on how much they spent on marketing.

If you haven’t seen ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ yet, you might want to give it a chance. Not only did critics rave, the general audience did as well. It scored a rare A+ CinemaScore.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Could Be Tom Cruise’s Biggest Opening Weekend Ever

Top Gun: Maverick‘ is set to hit theaters across the country this weekend, and some experts believe it just might be Tom Cruise’s biggest opening weekend.

The film has received glowing reviews from critics, and even early audiences who were lucky enough to attend screenings have been praising the film. And because of the hype, box office experts say it could bring in nearly $100 million during its first three days, and an additional $20 million on Memorial Day.

If it’s able to squeeze out $100 million in its first three days, it’ll mark the first $100 million opening weekend for the 59-year-old actor.

For Cruise, even the lower end of projections would land as the biggest opening weekend of his career. Though he’s probably the biggest action star of his generation, none of his movies have opened to more than $65 million at the domestic box office. The actor’s 2005 science-fiction epic ;War of the Worlds; currently stands as his best debut with $64 million, followed by 2018’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ with $61 million.

So it’s extremely likely this ‘Top Gun’ sequel will be the biggest opening weekend of his career. The movie cost $170 million to produce, which is a fairly high budget, but with the buzz surrounding this film, they should be able to make that back and more rather easily.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ will hit theaters this Friday, the 27th. Check out the trailer below…

‘Doctor Strange 2’ Makes A Very Impressive $185 Million At The Box Office

Well, Marvel continues to dominate the box office. ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ opened to an impressive $185 million this past weekend, which is around $15 to $20 million more than the experts predicted.

It’s huge news for Marvel, especially when you remember that this film didn’t perform as highly with critics. Some people thought the “meh” reaction would hurt the movie, but obviously nothing can stop Marvel at the box office.

Doctor Strange’s $185 million opening is by far the best opening weekend of 2022. ‘The Batman’ was in first place, with a solid $134 million opening, but now it sits in a distant second place.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home‘ still ranks as the pandemic’s biggest opening weekend with $260 million. That was actually good enough for the second biggest opening weekend EVER!

So yeah, there’s just no stopping Marvel. As much as I like to hate on the movies, they are keeping movie theaters alive, and for that, I’m grateful.

In total, Doctor Strange 2 has already made over $450 million across the globe, which means it has a decent chance of beating the $677 million worldwide total the first film earned back in 2016.

Later this month, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is expected to bring in big numbers at the box office.

‘Doctor Strange 2’ Is Hoping To Make Over $170 Million During Its Opening Weekend

Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow with the upcoming film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

The comic book film, spotlighting Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, is set to hit theaters this weekend, and experts say it could bring in between $160 and $180 million.

Some box office experts believe that excitement for all things Marvel could propel the film’s three-day tally closer to $200 million. That’s a benchmark only a handful of films have reached in a single weekend.

It’ll be premiering in over 4,000 theaters in North America. Overseas, experts say it’s expected to make around $130 million, which means it could open to a worldwide total over $300 million, which would certainly be impressive.

It’s something Disney is counting on, considering the budget for this film was $200 million, not including marketing costs. The first ‘Doctor Strange’ film made a total of $677 million at the worldwide box office. It’s likely this sequel beats that total.

If the projections hold, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, will deliver the biggest opening weekend of 2022. As of now, the biggest opening of 2022 belongs to ‘The Batman‘ which brought in $134 million.

‘Morbius’ Has A Solid Opening, Wins Weekend Box Office With Ease

Jared Leto’s ‘Morbius‘ became a bit of a meme on Twitter this past weekend, with people roasting the film for being terrible. It has a paltry 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes; however, the audience score sits at 70%.

Additionally, the movie made $39.1 million during its opening weekend, which was more than good enough for first place at the box office. Most experts were predicting a $40 million opening, so it looks like they were right on the money.

Some people were concerned the bad reviews would keep people away, but comic book fans are incredibly loyal. At this point, they’d go watch someone take a dump for three hours if that person was wearing a cape.

Morbius made $44.9 overseas, so it has a global total of $84 million, which is not bad considering the budget was reportedly around $75 million. It’s worth noting that does not include marketing costs, so they’ll probably need to make well over $100 million total to get their money back.

It should be able to cross the $100 million mark rather easily, but it will face tougher competition next weekend with the scheduled release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Check out the trailer for ‘Morbius’ below…

Sony/Marvel Hoping For $40 Million-Plus Opening Weekend For ‘Morbius’

Jared Leto is getting his chance to carry a comic book film in the upcoming Sony/Marvel production, Morbius.

The antihero action flick, which stars Leto as Spider-Man’s eventful enemy, is expected to open inside over 3,500 theaters across North America this weekend, and box office experts are predicting it to bring in between $40 and $50 million.

Sony’s own predictions are closer to $30 million, which is probably their attempt to avoid any disappointment if the movie can’t break the $40 million mark.

In the case of ‘Morbius,’ a debut near $30 million would throw cold water on the studio’s grander attempts to fashion a commercially viable rival to Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. After ‘Morbius,’ Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters is chugging along with standalone stories on ‘Kraven the Hunter,’ starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and ‘Madame Web,’ featuring Dakota Johnson.

A $30 million opening would be similar to Warner Bros’ opening for ‘Birds of Prey‘ starring Margot Robbie. The movie brought in $33 million during its opening weekend and made just $84 million total in North America. It made over $200 million worldwide, with a budget of around $100 million, not including marketing costs.

The budget for ‘Morbius’ is reportedly around $75 million, so it doesn’t have to make quite as much as Birds of Prey to be considered a success.

Check out the trailer below…

‘The Batman’ Has Impressive $134 Million Opening At The Box Office

We told you last week that ‘The Batman’ was expected to make over $100 million during its opening weekend, with some experts predicting a $140 million opening.

Well, it looks like those experts were close to being right. The film, which stars Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz, brought in $134 million during its opening weekend. Coming into Sunday, the projections were at around $128 million, so it performed better on Sunday than expected, which bodes well for this week/weekend.

‘The Batman’ has become only the second pandemic-era movie to cross the $100 million mark in a single weekend. ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is of course the first movie, with a ridiculous $260 million opening weekend. Second best of all time.

The movie pulled in $57 million on Friday — which includes fan events from Tuesday and Wednesday — and added another $43.2 million on Saturday. With an additional $34.1 million on Sunday.

There won’t be much competition in theaters for the next couple weeks, so ‘The Batman’ should remain at the top for at least the next two weeks.

It made over $120 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to just over $254 million. The movie was made on a $200 million budget, not including marketing costs, so the studio is very thankful for the huge opening weekend.

You’d think this movie will end up with $500+ million at the box office, making it highly profitable for the studio.

‘Jackass Forever’ Dominates The Box Office With A Very Impressive Opening Weekend

After a depressing two years, the world needed a laugh, and ‘Jackass Forever’ delivered in a huge way. The fourth film in the ‘Jackass’ franchise was released this past weekend, and it made an impressive $23.5 million.

Most experts were expecting between $15-$20 million, so the fact that it brought in nearly $25 million is a huge win for Johnny Knoxville and the rest of the crew.

As we mentioned last week, the movie was made on a $10 million budget, so they’re already in the land of profit$.

Jackass Forever has been a (unexpected?) hit with critics, notching a solid 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and “B+” CinemaScore from audience members. Ticket buyers were overwhelmingly male at 68%, while 25% were over the age of 35 and 67% were between 18 and 34. 

Meanwhile, ‘Moonfall‘, the other big studio film released last weekend made a paltry $10 million, which was on the lower end of projections. The movie was slammed by most critics, and it doesn’t look like the general audience really enjoyed it either.

The film was made on a budget of $140 million, so it’s highly unlikely they make their money back from this disaster.

Next weekend, ‘Death on the Nile‘, and the Jennifer Lopez rom-com ‘Marry Me’ hits theaters. We’ll see if they can take down Jackass Forever.

‘Scream’ Earns $3.5 Million During Thursday Night Preview, Could Break $20 Million This Weekend

It looks like ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home‘ will finally be knocked out of first place at the weekend box office after several weeks on top.

Paramount’s ‘Scream’ reboot is being released this weekend, and experts believe it could make between $20 and $30 million. And it’s off to a great start, bringing in over $3.5 million during its Thursday night preview. If it continued on the same pace, it would earn around $30 million this weekend.

Believe it or not, the slasher flick is actually getting solid reviews from critics. It still holds a “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with many critics calling it a lot of fun.

In terms of other recent horror films, ‘Scream’s’ results compare favorably to ‘Halloween Kills,’ which earned $4.9 million in Thursday previews en route to a $49.4 million opening, and ‘A Quiet Place Part II,’ which earned $4.8 million before ultimately grossing $47.5 million in its debut weekend.

Cinemas across the country are hoping the projections hold up, because this is the only major release until February 4 when Moonfall and Jackass Forever hit theaters.

So following this weekend, things will be slow at your local cinema for two weeks. It’s worth noting this most recent Scream film was made on a $25 million budget, so it’s looking like it’ll easily make that back. A rare win these days.