Thor: Love and Thunder further fueled the summer box office boom with a domestic debut of $143 million, the greatest performance of the solo series starring Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding superhero.
The staggering numbers the film has raked in have lived up to expectations for the film in North America, ranking it third only behind Spider-Man: No Way Home (grossing $260 million) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (grossing $187.4 million).
Thor: Love and Thunder also took the international box office by storm, earning $159 million overseas to contribute to its overall gross of $302 million.
Mega-openings have never been a hallmark of the Thor movies. Ragnorok performed the best in 2017 with $122.7 million. Thor premiered in 2011 with $65.7 million, followed by Thor: The Dark World in 2013 with $85.7 million.
In contrast to Ragnorak, which received an A CinemaScore from audiences, Thor: Love and Thunder received a B+.
The film reunites Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, as well as introduces Christian Bale as a newbie to the cast. Besides Waititi, Jaimie Alexander, Tessa Thompson, and Russell Crowe are also on board.
It is anticipated that Thor: Love and Thunder will add to the uptick in summer box office revenue.