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'Thor: Love and Thunder' earns franchise-best $143M in opening weekend
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Marvel's "Thor: Love and Thunder" scored big at the box office during its opening weekend, earning $143 million in North America, a franchise best for the Thor film series.
The movie, directed by Taika Waititi, opened on 4,375 screens this weekend and beat out "Minions: The Rise of Gru" for the top spot. With international showings included, the Thor film saw its global total already surpass $300 million. "Love and Thunder" had opened in 47 territories starting in the middle of last week.
The Thor franchise has increased its opening weekend performance with each subsequent film. The original "Thor" opened to $65.7 million in 2011, "The Dark World" garnered $85.7 million in 2013 and 2017's "Ragnarok" brought home $122.7 million.