The third Thor installment opens better than Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange.
The critically acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok, starring Chris Hemsworth as the titular character and directed by Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) opened with $107.6 million at the foreign box office over the weekend. The Marvel Studios and Disney film posted the biggest October opening yet in many markets, including South Korea, Brazil, and Hemsworth’s native Australia. Leading all markets was the U.K. where it managed to garnish $15.8 million.
Thor: Ragnarok features the part-time Avenger and full-time Asgardian Thor once again joining forces with his questionable brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and work buddy Hulk (Mark Rufffalo) as they take on the goddess of death, Hela (Cate Blanchett). The film also stars Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange.
The seventeenth Marvel Cinematic Universe movie — yes, seventeenth — rolls into North American theaters on Friday, November 3rd. The film is expected to debut with $100+ million domestically. Thor: Ragnarok is the third MCU movie of 2017, following Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp are slated for 2018 releases. Other films that will be competing nationwide for box-office dollars that weekend include A Bad Moms Christmas (November 1) and The Killing of a Sacred Deer.
Daft as a badger sandwich and twice as funny, this is vintage Waititi, and the boldest, most outrageously fun film Marvel has yet produced.