The fourth installment to the Thor franchise has had one of its biggest box office debuts in North America.
The newest Thor film, Love and Thunder premiered at No. 1 with a thunderous $143 million. The opening is even more impressive when you consider it was created by director Taika Waititi who brought us the last three movies in this franchise – including Ragnarok which garnered $122.7 million.
Thor opened in 2011 with $65.7 million and The Dark World came out two years later to gross an additional $85.7 million, while Love and Thunder earned $302 million worldwide.
The return of Chris Hemworth to his role as Thor in this new film was met with much rejoicing by fans. He got back together again not just with characters Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), but also battled some other bad guys like Gorr The God Butcher who’s played by Christian Bale.
There is a massive twist as Jane bears the role of female Thor called Mighty Thor. Waititi has called the film as Thor’s “midlife crisis” movie.
“It’s not a serious film, and it’s not a drama, but we do deal with ideas that I think a lot of humans deal with – universal themes about love and loss and our place in the world,” he said in an interview with EW.
“Everyone sort of asks this question in the film: What is our purpose? What is the reason that you’re a hero, and what do you do when you have these powers? It’s sort of like a midlife crisis film, really.”
The filmmaker also stated that he intended to “freak” Marvel lovers out with the fourth installment’s love-themed aesthetic during EW’s Around the Table with the cast and crew.
“I was thinking, what would freak the fans out – and not in a good way?” Waititi stated.“You associate Thor [with being a] big hero. The last thing a Thor fan really wants to see is the word ‘love.’ They’re like, ugh, kissing! So, I was like, we’ll lean into that. We’ll make them love love and make the fans excited for a romance.”