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Marvel Studios and Disney’s Thor: The Dark World thundered its way to a $86.1 million domestic launch as it continued its global assault, finishing the weekend with a sizeable $327 million in worldwide ticket sales.
That’s an impressive start considering the first Thor, which debuted to $65.7 million domestically in May 2011, grossed $449.3 million globally all in. The sequel nabbed one of the top November openings of all time in North America, although it couldn’t quite match the $88.4 million earned by Skyfall on the same weekend a year ago.
The 3D tentpole — returning Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding superhero — has grossed $240.9 million internationally, where it began rolling out last weekend. It is pacing a whopping 90 percent ahead of the original title, which topped out at $268 million internationally (Thor 2 has already eclipsed the $192 million earned by Captain America: The First Avenger). Russia leads with $24.1 million, followed by the U.K. with $22.6 million and China (where it opened Friday) with $19.6 million.
The movie is doing big business in Imax theaters, which generated $11 million in global ticket sales.
Thor 2, like Iron Man 3, is benefiting from 2012 global blockbuster The Avengers, the crown jewel of Marvel’s superhero film empire. The Avengers, which features Hemsworth as Thor and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, among other Marvel characters, earned $1.5 billion worldwide to become the No. 3 film of all time behind Avatar and Titanic.
For the first time in Marvel’s The Avengers series, Thor 2 grossed slightly more domestically on Saturday than on Friday ($31.7 million versus $31.6 million) in a major victory for Marvel and Disney’s marketing operation. Usually, Friday is by far the biggest day because of fanboys.
“It played in an unconventional way,” said Disney’s distribution chief Dave Hollis. “The franchise is moving away from just fanboys and crossing into the mainstream in a way that makes out-of-school, out-of-work Saturday shows super lucrative. The combination of storytelling and very successful, inspired marketing campaign made it appeal to the broadest possible audience.”
Thor 2 played to all quadrants of the moviegoing audience and quickly transformed into a date-night movie, with couples making up 62 percent of the audience. Families made up 21 percent of those buying tickets, and teens, 17 percent. All told, 39 percent of ticket buyers were under the age of 25, and 61 percent over. The sequel nabbed an A- CinemaScore, compared to a B+ for the first Thor.
Females made up an impressive 48 percent of Friday’s audience — a larger percentage than usual for a superhero pic — but by Sunday, males made up 62 percent of the overall weekend audience.
Thor 2 takes place one year after the events of The Avengers, as Thor reunites with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and tries to save his planet from a mysterious enemy. Thor also forms an uneasy alliance with his adoptive brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
Kenneth Branagh directed the first Thor, while the sequel is from filmmaker Alan Taylor.
Most films shied away from opening opposite Thor 2, but in a counterprogramming move, both 12 Years a Slave and About Time are making major expansions this weekend.
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