Los Angeles, July 7 - Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder
, is all set to help deliver big at the worldwide box office, despite being rated one of the lowest Marvel Cinematic Universe flicks of all time by critics.
The second MCU feature release of 2022 is currently tracking to debut with over $300 million at the worldwide box office. At the domestic (North America) box office, the superhero flick is projected to deliver over $100 million in its opening weekend, which will be the first time during the covid-19 pandemic when two back-to-back domestic weekends will see $100 million-plus openers after "Minions: The Rise of Gru".
Directed by Taika Waititi, "Thor 4", according to box office pro
is looking to earn between $135M-$165M in its opening domestic weekend. The opening weekend projection of the film is tracking ahead of its predecessor, "Thor: Ragnarok", which debuted with $122.7 million in November 2017.
The box office projection of the 4th Thor installment is closer to the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146.5 million in May 2017) and Captain Marvel ($153.4 million in March 2019). There is a real chance that "Thor 4" may beat both of these movies and take one of the biggest Marvel openings ever.
There is a possibility that critics' reviews might impact those projections in the final hours before release. However, as seen in the past, Marvel movies have always been audience-friendly and overcome those reviews more often than not, and have delivered at the box office. "Thor 4" is unlikely to get affected by critics' score which is 70% from 179 reviews at the time of writing on Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor alongside Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Waititi, Russell Crowe, and Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor. Portman is making her comeback after missing out on the previous two Thor movies. In the film, Thor attempts to find inner peace but must return to action and recruit Valkyrie (Thompson), Korg (Waititi), and Jane Foster (Portman) - who is now the Mighty Thor - to stop Gorr the God Butcher (Bale) from eliminating all gods.