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Thor: Ragnarok hits $121 million on US debut

Thor Ragnarok

Story by Jack Foley

DIRECTOR Taika Waitii’s Thor: Ragnarok has rocketed to the top of the US box office with $121 million.

The figure bucks the trend of most sequels this year, many of which have suffered a dismal time of it in the US. But not only did Ragnarok perform well ahead of even the best predictions, it also opened 41% ahead of sequel Thor: The Dark World ($85.7 million), not accounting for inflation.

And internationally, where it opened a week earlier, the film showed no sigh of running out of steam, grossing another $151.4 million for a foreign tally of $306 million and global haul of $427 million.

Thor‘s $55.6 million China debut is a record for the month of November, while IMAX cinemas delivered a whopping $25.4 million globally.

Thor: Ragnarok sees the god of thunder taking on his sister, Hela, goddess od death (played by Cate Blanchett). It also stars Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster.

In the US, Ragnarok‘s debut marked the fourth best opening of the year to date and beat every other 2017 superhero release besides fellow Marvel title Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146.5 million).

Spider-Man: Homecoming opened to $117 million, while Wonder Woman launched to $103.3 million.

Commenting on the figure, Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis said: “Because of the strength of the Marvel team, it affords the license to bring in storytellers that have the ability to infuse tone and style that keeps each of these films feeling unbelievably fresh.

“The $13 billion grossed by the 17 MCU titles averages out to $800 million per film globally. Just as impressive, if not more, is the consistency from a quality standpoint.”

Elsewhere at the US box office, the news wasn’t quite as good for either the box office in general or other new releases.

Overall, weekend revenue was down 9% year on year, while R-rated comedy sequel A Bad Moms Christmas opened behind expectations with $17 million and a five-day debut of $21.6 million.

Going into the weekend, the follow-up had been projected for a debut somewhere in the $25 million-$28 million range.

In contrast, the first Bad Moms launched to $23.8 million in summer 2016.

Bad Moms Christmas reunites original stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn as they rebel against the pressure of creating the perfect holiday, while having to deal with their own mothers, played by Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon.

There was also bad news for George Clooney’s Suburbicon, starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, which fell a steep 59% in its second weekend to $1.2 million for a dire US total of $5.1 million.