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Thor: The Dark World hits $86.1 million on US debut

Thor: The Dark World

Story by Jack Foley

SUPERHERO sequel Thor: The Dark World has hit $86.1 million upon making its US debut.

The impressive opening figure continues to demonstrate the power of the Marvel film brand and easily surpasses the $65.7 million the original Thor took in May 2011. Since then, of course, there has been Avengers Assemble.

The opening figure is also 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.

Thor: The Dark World also continued to dominate internationally, hitting $240.9 million and powering past the first Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. In the UK, it’s particularly strong, having grossed $22.6 million in two weeks.

Disney’s distribution chief Dave Hollis commented: “The combination of storytelling and very successful, inspired marketing campaign made it appeal to the broadest possible audience.”

Elsewhere in the US top five, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa continued to perform well by coming in second in its third weekend with $11.3 million for a total US haul to date of $78.2 million.

Animated comedy Free Birds and Michael Douglas-Robert De Niro comedy Last Vegas followed in third and fourth – the former taking $11.2 million in its second weekend, while Last Vegas baggedd $11.1 million (also in its second outing).

Sci-fi epic Ender’s Game rounded out the top five, earning $10.3 million for a domestic total of $44 million.

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