‘Thor’ Smashes Box Office for Estimated $83 Million Weekend

thor: the dark world

After conquering the international box office, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is now hammering U.S. theaters for an estimated $83 million debut.

According to early ticket sales, the Chris Hemsworth-Natalie Portman tentpole is poised for $31 million Friday, adding to “Thor’s” $158.2 million international tally and outpacing Disney’s 2011 original superhero actioner, which earned $65 million opening weekend.

On Thursday night, the “Thor” sequel earned a hefty $7.1 million in late screenings, doubling the original’s midnight take of $3.3 million.

Marvel’s superhero pic, co-starring Tom Hiddleston, was made for $170 million and marks the second standalone “Avengers” feature this year. “Iron Man 3” drew $1.2 billion worldwide and $400 million Stateside this past summer, making it the highest-grossing movie of 2013.

Also opening this weekend is Fox 2000’s bigscreen adaptation of “The Book Thief.” Starring Geoffrey Rush, the WWII drama is playing in limited release in New York and L.A.

Holdovers “Ender’s Game” and “Bad Grandpa” will compete for second place.

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  1. One Above All says:

    Critics hate the genre. It is only when the genre offers up social commentary that meets their presupposed assumptions of what the world should be taught does any “critic” like anything from this genre. This movie will make money because, despite the rodent-like profession wannabe writers call haven that are critics, people like mythology, fantasy, and spectacle. If they didn’t, many milennia old writers would not still be remembered today.

  2. lotrfan says:

    This movie is much better than Iron man 3! That movie was a joke!

    • Steve Morrow says:

      I agree. Iron Man 3 was the product of Downey believing his hype and Marvel giving him freedom to “make a statement.” He was sid by side with Shane Black making all those awful choices. Uckk. It was an inferior Iron Man film.

  3. Roshan Sebastian says:

    What happened to the $95 million prediction..Why it suddenly went down? Is Thor 2 such a bad movie,as branded by the famous critics…

  4. Javier S says:

    Well 83M is bad for Thor, it will finish with 515M

    Man of Steel did way more than this, it’s clearly that Thor is not a well-loved hero like Spider man, IronMan or Batman.

    I’ll say 180M stateside.

  5. Steph says:

    scarlette1126 replied just now

    First Iron Man opening weekend 98 million no 3D or Avenger boost

    Second Iron Man opening weekend 128 million no 3d or Avenger boost.

    Now put that in your pipe and smoke it

  6. Lisa Guzzen says:

    Amazing!! Congrats

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