<i>Thor</i> Expected To Hammer Out $60-Million Opening Weekend

Marvel's Thor, which has already grossed more than $108 million internationally, is expected to have a $60-million (or so) opening weekend in the United States, Variety reports. Well, Paramount Pictures says $55 million, but rival studios and pre-weekend tracking peg it higher.

The $60-million figure is about half that of Iron Man 2, which opened domestically this time last year to the tune of $128 million.

Thor, which kicks off its U.S. run today in 3,955 theaters -- 2,737 are in 3D and 214 in Imax -- faces furious competition from Fast Five, which enters its second weekend.

To further whet audience appetites, Marvel has released an 11th-hour clip from Thor showing the encounter between Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and The Destroyer. You can watch it below, or visit Apple to see it in HD.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Colm Feore, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings Joshua Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Clark Gregg and Samuel L. Jackson.

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