‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Box Office Booms With $29M in Previews

Marvel’s latest superhero offering, Thor: Love and Thunder, started off its North American box office run with a mighty $29 million in previews.

The movie is also making a major push overseas, where it began rolling out midweek and earned $48.6 million through Friday from its first 42 markets.

The Disney and Marvel movie is a direct sequel to Thor: Ragnorak — both were directed by the maverick filmmaker Taika Waititi

and is the fourth entry in the Thor standalone franchise. It’s also the 29th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe empire of titles.

The movie reunites Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, while franchise newcomers include Christian Bale

The cast also includes Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Waititi and Russell Crowe.

Tracking suggests the superhero pic will score the third- or second-best opening of the pandemic era with $150 million or more domestically 

and possibly north of $300 million globally. Last December, Spider-Man: No Way Home grossed $50 million in previews for a domestic start of $260 million