Disney’s “Thor: Love and Thunder,” the fourth standalone story about Chris Hemsworth’s hulking God of Thunder and the second (of three) Marvel movies to play in theaters in 2022, is gearing up to turbocharge the domestic box office. The ninth sequel in the sprawling MCU is expected to bring in anywhere from 145 million to 155 million over the weekend, with some estimates reaching as high as 170 million. The film debuts on Friday in 4,300 North American theaters.
Those ticket sales should guarantee that “Thor: Love and Thunder” enjoys one of the biggest opening weekends of the year, ranking above “The Batman” (134 million debut) and somewhere in between “Jurassic World: Dominion” (145 million debut) and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (185 million debut). Based on initial projections, “Thor 4” will also represent a sizable jump on the results of its predecessor, 2017’s beloved action-comedy “Thor: Ragnarok,” which