Love and Thunder' hopes to jolt a rebounding theater industry

Two years ago, movie theaters were suffering through the

pandemic and many in Hollywood wondered if going to the movies would become a thing of the past.

Now, halfway through 2022, the reports of the death of theaters appear to be greatly exaggerated.

Audiences have returned to the cineplex for hits like "Top Gun:

Maverick," The Batman" and "Minions:

 The Rise of Gru" and there's hope in Hollywood that these films are the rule, not the exception, for the rest of the year.

Theaters should get hit with another bolt of lightning this weekend when "Thor: Love and Thunder," Marvel's latest film, hits cineplexes.

Starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman as the God(s) of Thunder,

it is projected to have a debut of $150 million in North America.