July Box Office Was a Record, but August Looks Like a Buzzsaw

July 2022 generated 1.133 billion in domestic gross — the best month’s gross in the Covid era, and it represents 88 percent of the take in July 2019.

The majority came from two 300 million+ grossing releases with “Minions-The-Rise-of-Gru-2022-movie-posters/”>Minions: The Rise of Gru” (Universal) edging out “Thor-Love-and-Thunder-2022-movie-posters/”>Thor: Love and Thunder” (Disney) as the biggest film.

“Minions” opened a week earlier, but it should edge out the Marvel film that many believed could be the summer’s biggest grosser.At best, “Thor” will end #4 for the season, with a respectable but not-sensational 340 million domestic, and a little more international.

That’s down from “Doctor Strange in the Multi-verse of Madness” (Disney) at 411 million domestic, 543 million foreign (#2 summer domestic gross with “Minions” taking third).Shoring up July was “Top Gun: Maverick” adding 112 million to the 541 million it already amassed.

The month also showed some strength for original films with Jordan Poole’s “Nope” (Universal) and “Where the Crawdads Sing

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