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Thor: Love and Thunder Continues Its Reign Atop the Domestic Weekend Box Office Despite a 68% Drop

Despite a 68% drop from its opening weekend, Thor: Love and Thunder once again won the domestic weekend box office with $46 million in ticket sales.

As reported by Variety, that $46 million Thor: Love and Thunder earned this weekend helped bring its domestic total to $232 million. Globally, the latest MCU film and the fourth solo Thor movie has reached $497.9 million.

While those are obviously impressive numbers, Thor: Love and Thunder’s 68% drop was one of the biggest second-weekend declines in MCU history and follows Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ 67% drop. For comparison, Eternals fell 61% in the same time frame and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings fell 52%.

As for why the latest Thor film had that big of a drop, it very well may be related to the complaints by some that Phase 4 of the MCU still doesn’t have a Thanos-level threat or something that is connecting all these films as the previous phases did.

We are also getting a TON of MCU films and shows and there could be a bit of superhero fatigue. That being said, MCU films continue to dominate at the box office and may get back on track as the future trajectory of the MCU becomes clearer. With San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner and Marvel returning, that picture may come into focus sooner rather than later.

Minions: The Rise of Gru placed second with $26 million in ticket sales. In its third weekend, The Rise of Gru has brought in $262 million domestically and $532.7 million at the global box office.

Where the Crawdads Sing impressed in its debut with a $17 million third-place finish. The film that is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Delia Owens cost Sony $24 million, so it is on track to make a profit.

In our Where the Crawdads Sing review, we said it “is only accidentally interesting if you know the controversy surrounding its author, Delia Owens. However, as an adaptation of her novel, the movie is too plain and indecisive to make a lasting impact.”

Top Gun: Maverick took fourth place with $12 million in its eighth weekend in theaters and brought its domestic total to $617 million. The high-flying film is getting ever closer to passing Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s $620 million and The Avengers’ $623 million at the domestic box office.

Elvis, which recently passed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office without dinosaurs, superheroes, or fighter jets, rounded out the top five with $7.6 million. Globally, Elvis has passed $185 million.

For more, check out how Marvel brought Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher to life, our explainer of the ending, and our breakdown of the film’s mystery character.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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