BEFORE IT’S even landed on American shores, Thor’s sequel has hammered all competitors.
“Thor: The Dark World” won every overseas market it opened in this weekend en route to an eye-popping $109.4-million debut. The Disney/Marvel film opens in North America this Friday.
In 2011, the first Thor film in this franchise grossed more than $268-million in foreign markets — or nearly 60-percent of the movie’s total gross.
The new Thor film — which returns Chris Hemsworth in the title role, as well as Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Idris
Elba — opened in 36 nations, or about 70 percent of the global marketplace, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (The superhero sequel has yet to open in such major markets as China, Italy and Japan.)
“The Dark World” helped push Disney over the $2.3-billion overseas mark for 2013, THR reports — a studio record for foreign markets.
Next weekend, “Thor” will aim to topple this weekend’s domestic champ, the sci-fi “Ender’s Game” (Lionsgate/Summit), which grossed $28-million to knock off Paramount’s “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” ($20-million). Trailing them were two new films: CBS Films’ “Last Vegas” ($16.5-million) and Relativity’s “Free Birds” ($16.2-million).