I’ll post the full box office report tomorrow, but we do have a clear winner:
This weekend, Marvel’s hammer came down and “Thor: The Dark World” was a smash at the box office with an estimated domestic total of $86.1 million, making it the largest opening of the year so far after “Iron Man 3” ($174.1 million), “Man of Steel” ($116.6 million) and “Fast and Furious 6” ($97.4 million). Internationally, the film has already raked in $327 million (having been released in select international markets last weekend), making back its budget of $170 million and then some. Getting “The Avengers” bump, ‘Thor 2’ made 31.1% more its opening weekend than its pre-“The Avengers” predecessor “Thor” ($65.7 million), making it the fifth best opening in the Marvel Universe franchise. Similarly, “Iron Man 3” made 36% more its opening weekend than its pre-“The Avengers” ($174.1 million) predecessor “Iron Man 2” ($128.1 million). We’ll see if a third time will break the charm this upcoming Spring with the release of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” (A heads up for Captain America fans, you’ll have at least one good giggle while watching ‘Thor 2,’ we promise.)
Suffice it to say that Thor: The Dark World did well. And since it was such a great and fun film, I expect it to to do well next weekend too.