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Box office: ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ remains at number one for second weekend

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Thor: Love and Thunder looks set to top the box office again in its second weekend, fending off more modest debuts Where the Crayfish Sing and Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank.

While Marvel’s Thor furvel has an easy path to being the best release of the weekend, the superhero movie has fallen hard since its opening. Love and Thunder added $13.8 million on its second Friday, down about 80% from its opening day (including Thursday previews).

It’s a hair’s breadth stronger than recent Marvel releases, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (an 81% drop on the second Friday) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (an 84% drop), but it’s bigger. hand for the studio, especially compared to its predecessor Thor: Ragnarok, which dropped 60% on its second Friday.

According to some industry forecasts, “Love and Thunder” will earn $45 million from 4,375 locations in its second weekend, lower than original sophomore estimates of over $55 million. The film is set to top $230 million over the weekend, already making it the sixth highest-grossing domestic film of 2022. Even taking into account a small lag in these figures, there is nothing to worry about.

Ragnarok directed by Taika Waititi, the fourth solo installment in the Marvel Thor adventure starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jamie Alexander and Russell Crowe.

Sony’s Where the Crayfish Sing, the feature-length adaptation of the popular murder mystery novel, is projected to gross $15 million to $16 million from 3,650 locations on its opening weekend. This is a significant debut for a female drama with a modest production budget of $24 million. What’s more, “Crawdads” beat their original industry forecasts, which suggested the adaptation would cost $10 million at the start of the weekend. The film looks set to open at number three on the domestic charts.

Produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Where the Crayfish Sing follows Kia (Daisy Edgar-Jones), an outcast living in the North Carolina swamps, who finds herself at the center of a murder investigation.

Critics were largely dismissive of the film, which received a 38% score on Rotten Tomatoes from top critics. However, DiversityChief film critic Owen Gleiberman praised The Cancers, stating that it is “simultaneously a mystery, a romance, a dream of nature full of gnarled trees and drooping mosses, and a parable of female power and independence in the world.” crushed by the male will.” Audiences were also receptive, with the film receiving an “A-” rating from research firm Cinema Score, indicating strong approval among general moviegoers.

Paramount’s Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank didn’t make much of an impression. The animated release will debut outside of the top five with a projected $6.2 million opening from 3,475 locations. The film faces stiff competition for family audiences from Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru and Marvel’s Thor, both of which remain popular multiplex releases.

The family film Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank is taken from Mel Brooks’ iconic 1974 comedy Burning Saddles, which swaps cowboys for samurai and racial tensions for dog and cat antics. The story follows a beagle, voiced by Michael Cera, who becomes the sword-wielding protector of feline city. The film also features the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, Michelle Yeoh and Brooks.

The original release date for The Paw of Fury was back in April 2017. Needless to say, it’s been a long journey for a film that was conceived as a Sony production before moving to Open Road. Now Paramount is releasing Paws of Fury. It’s easy to imagine that many of the parties involved are relieved to brush a troubled production in the rearview mirror. And with an “A-” rating from Cinema Score, it seems like they’ve at least put smiles on people’s faces.

Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru looks set to repeat in second place. The animated spin-off is expected to add $25.3 million in its third weekend, just 45% less than the second installment. The Rise of Gru is currently the fifth highest-grossing film of 2022. Over the weekend, its domestic gross should exceed $260 million.

Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” is picking up again at the box office. The Tom Cruise sequel looks set to drop 24% in its eighth weekend, adding $11.7 million to its domestic haul. With $609 million in domestic ticket sales, The Maverick is currently approaching the top 10 of all-time at the North American box office. The film has the potential to surpass Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($620 million) and Marvel’s Avengers ($623 million) in the near future.

“Elvis” should complete the top five highest-grossing films. On Friday, the release of Warner Bros. added $ 2.3 million, which is only 32% less than a week ago. Baz Luhrmann’s biopic surpassed $100 million this week, an impressive feat for a drama aimed directly at an older audience.

Focus Features “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” also hit theaters this weekend in semi-wide release. A fictionalized adaptation of Paul Gallico’s 1958 novel looks set to earn a modest $1.74 million from 980 theaters on its opening, roughly $1,776 per The Lesley Manville car looks set to hit number ten on the domestic charts.


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