Thor: The Dark World” kicked off the weekend by taking in an estimated $7.1 million in midnight showings.

Opening tops previous Thursday preview grosses for the first “Thor” ($3.2 million) and “Captain America: The First Avenger” ($4.0 million).

“Dark World” has also seen its international haul rise to $152.8 million and it opens today in China.

Film is projected for a domestic weekend north of $95 million, which would far surpass its predecessor’s $65 million opening in May 2011, no doubt helped by the familiarity of the character and his appearance in “The Avengers.”

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“The Dark World” marks the first fall release for Marvel since having been acquired by Disney.