Thor: Ragnarok opened to a thunderous $107.6 million at the international box office this weekend from approximately fifty-percent of the international marketplace.
Not only is that a huge number for a Thor film, but it puts the film ahead of the international debuts of Doctor Strange and even more surprisingly Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Those films, for comparisons sake, opened to $86 million and $101.2 million, respectively. The threequel, which has an impressive 98% on Rotten Tomatoes currently, is expected to do around the same when it opens stateside next weekend, with tracking suggesting it'll open between $100 million and $125 million.
Should the numbers hold, that'll mark the highest opening for the Thor franchise stateside, as well, given the the first film only managed to open to $65.7 million back in 2011 while it's follow-up, Thor: The Dark World, opened to $85.7 million a few years later. Of course, unlike with the two previous films, Ragnarok has plenty of positive buzz driving it, meaning the numbers could very well go higher than tracking currently suggests.
Debuting Nov. 3 in North American theaters, director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
(via The Hollywood Reporter.)