Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” has topped the international box office with $107.6 million in 52% of overseas markets, a week ahead of its U.S. release.
The U.K. is the top market with $15.8 million, 27% ahead of “Doctor Strange.” It’s the biggest October opening ever for a movie in the U.K. except for James Bond titles.
South Korea took in $15.3 million, followed by Australia at $8.4 million, Brazil at $8.3 million, France at $7.4 million, Indonesia at $5.5 million and Taiwan at $5.4 million.
Disney said the opening of the third Thor movie is 4% ahead of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which wound up with $481 million at current exchange rates and 22% ahead of “Doctor Strange.” In many markets, “Thor: Ragnarok” posted the best October opening weekend ever.
Markets which will open next weekend include Germany, Russia, China, Japan and Mexico, along with the U.S. — where it should top the early November box office with as much as $125 million in its opening weekend, early projections have shown.
“Thor: Ragnarok” is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and the writing team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.
Disney-Pixar also saw $8.4 million in Mexico for its opening weekend of animated film “Coco” following its premiere at the Morelia International Film Festival — the highest opening weekend for an animated title released outside the summer vacation period in June and July. “Coco” opens in the U.S. and additional international territories beginning Nov. 22.
Disney said Sunday that it’s crossed the $4 billion box office threshold globally for 2017, making it the only studio to have achieved this threshold for the last five successive years. Domestic box office for 2017 stands at $1.4 billion with international box office at $2.7 billion.
Warner Bros. weather-disaster drama “Geostorm” came in second place with $49.3 million on approximately 28,000 screens from 61 markets now in release, bringing the international to $113.4 million. China generated a $34.1 million opening weekend with an estimated 56% share of the top five films, on approximately 17,000 screens.
Constantin’s opening of German comedy “Suck Me Shakespeer 3” finished third with $18.3 million in two markets. The film, which centers on a bank robber becoming a teacher after being released from prison, is also known as “Fack ju Göhte 3.”
“Blade Runner 2049” generated $16.6 million this weekend from 17,600 screens in 63 markets as it opened in its last two major markets with a third-place launch in China with $7.6 million and a first-place debut in Japan with $2.7 million — 18% ahead of “Interstellar.” The foreign total has hit $142 million for Sony, which financed the sequel with Alcon Entertainment. Warner Bros. is handling the domestic release, which has reached $81.4 million in four weeks.
Fox’s spoof sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” took in $13.4 million in 45 markets to lift its international total to $280 million. Most of the take came from its second weekend in China with $9.5 million, pushing that market’s total gross past $63 million.