Box Office - Thor brings the Thunder on Opening Weekend

    Author Amy Freeman

On the hottest and sunniest weekend of the year to date all films felt the heat but the second MCU movie of 2022 opened in the top spot, as Thor: Love And Thunder kicked off its run with £12.3m, which includes £3.2m from Thursday previews. The previous Thor film, Thor: Ragnarok opened with £12.4m, but that was from a Tuesday opening, so its Friday to Sunday total of £7.2m is 21% lower than Thor: Love And Thunder’s £9.1m. Ragnarok finished its run with £31.1m, so if Love And Thunder continues to stay 21% ahead, it will finish around £38m.  

Last week’s top film Minions: The Rise Of Gru fell to second, adding £4.3m, a drop of 58% from last weekend. That takes its total to £18.5m after just 10 days in cinemas and its still well on course to be the biggest animated film of the pandemic era, with another Illumination Entertainment title Sing 2 the current holder with £32.9m. The last three films in the Despicable Me extended universe have all crossed £47m.

Elvis posted the best hold of any film in the top 15 but still fell 55% to £1.3m. That takes its total to £13.8m after three weekends in cinemas. Director, Baz Luhrmann’s last film, The Great Gatsby, finished on £15.7m, so Elvis looks nailed on to overtake that.

It’s still on one of the most spectacular box office runs of recent years but Top Gun: Maverick took its first major tumble this weekend, falling 62% to £1m. That was still enough to take it over the £70m mark though and it now sits on £70.6m making it the 15th highest grossing film in UK & Ireland history. Over the next couple of days it will overtake Avengers: Infinity War (£70.8m) to become the 14th highest grossing.

Jurassic World: Dominion rounded out the top five, adding £560k, a drop of 69% from last weekend. That takes its total to £31.7m and it’s just under £10m away from the total of the last Jurassic World film, Fallen Kingdom, which finished on £41.6m. That deficit looks insurmountable so the addition of the original cast members from Jurassic Park hasn’t given the series the boost that was expected.

Outside of the top five, The Black Phone is now over £3m on £3.2m, while a number of films opened in the lower reaches of the top 10. Pakistani drama, London Nahi Jaunga opened in eighth with £92k, British comedy, Brian & Charles opened in ninth with £72k, which includes £22k from previews, while Dr Who: Classic Movie Double Bill opened in 10th with £65k, which includes £5k from previews.

Despite the sunshine, the box office was up 3% from last weekend and it was the fourth biggest weekend for the box office in the past year.  

Next Weekend

The Railway Children Return is a sequel to the much-loved 1970 British drama. This sequel follows a group of children who are evacuated to a Yorkshire village during the Second World War, where they encounter a young soldier who, like them, is far away from home. Jenny Agutter returns and is joined by Sheridan Smith.

The Buzz

Bullet Train is a new action film based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle (published in English as Bullet Train). Brad Pitt stars as one of five assassins aboard a fast moving bullet train who find out their missions have something in common. Directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw) it’s another playful and kinetic action film with a starry cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Zazie Beetz, Brian Tyree Henry, Joey King, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. It’s a perfect way to reach 16-34 men in August and is in cinemas on Wednesday, August 3.

Across The Pond

Thor: Love and Thunder opened in the top spot with $143m, which is the second biggest opening weekend of the year to date, behind only Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($187m). It’s also 16% higher than the opening of Thor: Ragnarok. Minions: The Rise of Gru fell to second, adding $45.6m, a drop of 57% from last weekend. That takes its total to $210.1m. Top Gun: Maverick delivered the third biggest seventh weekend in history, adding $15.5m for a new total of $597.4m. Elvis came in fourth, adding $11m which takes its total to $91.1m. Jurassic World Dominion rounded out the top five, adding $8.4m for a new total of $350.3m.