'Thor: Love And Thunder' Hammers The Box Office With a $143M Opening Weekend

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought forth another box office bonanza as the Walt Disney Co.’s (NYSE: DIS ) “Thor: Love and Thunder” commanded the U.S. box office this weekend with $143 million in ticket sales from 4,375 theaters. What Happened: The new film’s opening outpaces the $122.7 million that the predecessor “Thor: Ragnarok” accumulated in 2017. In the overseas markets, “Thor: Love and Thunder” rang up an additional $150 million. Last week’s top grossing film, “Minions: Rise of Gru” from Comcast Corp.’s (NASDAQ: CMCSA ) Universal Pictures finished second at the box office with $45.5 million from 4,427 theaters. Paramount’s (NASDAQ: PARAA ) “Top Gun: Maverick” held on to third place in its seventh week of theatrical release with $15.5 million from 3,513 screens. Rounding out the top five grossing films was Warner Bros.’ (NASDAQ: WBD ) “Elvis” with $11 million from 3,714 theaters and Universal’s “Jurassic World Dominion” with $8.4 million from 3,251 venues. Independent distributor A24 quietly racked up another specialty market hit with the offbeat animated feature “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,” which ranked eighth among the weekend’s top grossing films with $340,000 from 48 theaters. Now in its third week of release, the film has accumulated $963,400 at the U.S. box office. A24’s other quirky offering, “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” placed tenth with $241,100 from 286 screens, which brings its 16-week theatrical run to a box office total of $67.6 million. What ... Full story available on Benzinga.com