Hollywood and theater owners are counting on the superhero film to breathe life back into the U.S. box office when it opens Nov. 3.
Marvel Studios and Disney’s critically acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok opened to a thunderous $107.6 million at the foreign box office over the weekend from roughly 50 percent of the marketplace.
So far, Thor 3 is performing ahead of such titles as Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Doctor Strange. And in many markets, it posted the biggest October opening ever, including in South Korea ($15.5 million), Australia ($8.4 million) and Brazil ($8.3 million), to name a few.
Leading all markets was the U.K, which turned in $15.8 million, the best October number there outside of a Bond film.
Directed by acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok sees the Asgardian god (Chris Hemsworth) team up with brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and pal Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to fight the goddess of death, Hela (Cate Blanchett). Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins also star.
The superhero film is likewise expected to do big business when it rolls out in North American theaters on Friday — and none too soon after a late-October slump. Tracking suggests Thor: Ragnarok will debut to $100 million or more domestically; some think it even has a shot of approaching $125 million.
And it still has a number of major overseas markets in which to open, including China, Japan, Mexico, Germany and Russia.
Disney also debuted Pixar’s Coco in Mexico over the weekend ahead of the Dia de Muertos holiday. The animated event film, which is set to open Nov. 22 in the U.S., took in a stellar $8.4 million, the highest opening weekend for an original title.
Thanks to Thor and Coco, Disney has crossed the $4 billion mark at the worldwide box office, making it the only studio to achieve this threshold for the last five successive years.