Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love & Thunder dropped a massive 68% in weekend number 2, earning $46 million domestically according to Deadline. That was enough to keep the God of Thunder atop the box office charts, but the drop ranks among the highest for an Marvel Cinematic Universe entry alongside Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (67%) and Black Widow (68%) — and this pic doesn’t have the Disney+ day-and-date release excuse to fall back on like the latter.

Still, worldwide, the Marvel flick is expected to pass $500 million and it has already accrued $20.5 million from Imax screens. It’ll be interesting to see how high this one can leg out to in the coming weeks. Doctor Strange still managed to reach nearly a billion dollars before releasing on Disney+. While that number is a far cry from the $1.901 billion earned by Spider-Man: No Way Home, it’s still a nice chunk of change for Marvel and Disney

In other words, comic book films are still quite safe, even if the cracks are beginning to show.

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Elsewhere, Sony/3000 Pictures/Hello Sunshine’s adaptation of Delia Owens’ novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, earned an impressive $17 million in its debut week — far ahead of the projected $9-$10 million. The pic only cost $24 million to produce, so this is definitely a win for the studio and proof that smaller fare can exist at the multiplex.

The only other wide release was Paramount’s Paws of Fury, which flatlined in sixth place with a measly $6.25 million. Meanwhile, Focus Features’ Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris earned a respectable $1.9 million from 980 theaters in its debut.

Minions remained at No. 2 in its third weekend, accruing another $26 million to bring its domestic total to $262.5 million. Worldwide, the animated adventure has earned $532.7 million.

Additionally, Top Gun: Maverick continues to dominate the summer movie season. After eight weeks of release, the Tom Cruise sequel has amassed a whopping $617.96 million domestically and $1.237 billion worldwide.

Box Office Domestic Top 10

1.) Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney) 4,375 theaters, Fri. $13.8M (-80%), Sat $18.4M, Sun $13.8M, 3-day $46M (-68%)/Total $233.27M /Wk 2

2.) Minions: Rise of Gru (Uni) 4,111 theaters (-316), Fri $8.1M (-44%), Sat $10.1M, Sun $7.69M, 3-day $26M (-44%), Total: $262.5M/Wk 3

3.) Where the Crawdads Sing (Sony) 3,650 theaters, Fri $7.3M, Sat $5.4M, Sun $4.3M, 3-day $17M/Wk 1

4.) Top Gun: Maverick (Par) 3,292 (-221) theaters, Fri $3.4M (-24%), Sat $4.89M, Sun $3.7M, 3-day $12M (-23%), Total $617.96M/Wk 8
The older 40 crowd keeps on comin’: Anecdotally, the Simi Valley Studio Grill’s 7:45pm show in SoCal was packed on Friday night.

5.) Elvis (WB) 3,305 (-409) theaters, Fri $2.3M (-31%), Sat $3M, Sun $2.27M, 3-day $7.6M (-32%) Total $106.2M/Wk 4

6.) Paws of Fury (Par) 3,475 theaters, Fri $2.4M, Sat $2.1M, Sun $1.75M, 3-day $6.25M/Wk 1

7.) The Black Phone (Uni) 2,271 (-288) theaters, Fri $1.6M (-32%), Sat $2.1M, Sun $1.58M, 3-day $5.3M (-32%)/Total $72M/Wk 4

8.) Jurassic World Dominion (Uni) 2,647 (-604) theaters, Fri $1.4M (-43%), Sat $2M , Sun $1.4M, 3-day $4.95M (-42%), Total $359.7M/Wk 6

9.) Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (Foc) 980 theatres, Fri $700K, Sat $680K, Sun $520K 3-day $1.9M/Wk 1

10.) Lightyear (Dis) 1,350 (-740) theaters, Fri $395K (-58%), Sat $538K, Sun $367K, 3-day $1.3M (-58%), Total $115.4M/Wk 5



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