Thor: Love and Thunder hammers Top Gun at the Australian box office

Taika Waititi's new Thor has beaten the initial release figures for Top Gun: Maverick and Jurassic World: Dominion in Australian cinemas.
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Thor: Love and Thunder charged into the marketplace to make $15.65m in its first weekend, beating the Australian initial release figures for Top Gun: Maverick by almost $2m, belting Jurassic World: Dominion by $3m, and doubling the release figures for Elvis. [All numbers in AU$].

Taika Waititi’s playful version of the canon made $210m in its US opening, and it has already made $445m around the world. Top Gun: Maverick came out with $185m, while Waititi beat his previous Thor film by 16%. But, as Box Office Mojo points out, Dr Strange started with $275m, while audience approval for this new Thor is generally lower. In the number jumble, Deadline pulls out the crucial indicator: the US box office is 218% up on the same period last year.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.