It’s Thor’s world as “Thor: Ragnarok” dominates the international box office with $151.4 million, including a stellar $55.6 million launch in China.
The Disney-Marvel tentpole, which opened in 52% of foreign markets last weekend, has now grossed $306 million internationally and $427 million worldwide.
The opening in China set a record for a November launch — 8% ahead of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and 23% ahead of “Doctor Strange.” Mexico opened with $10.8 million, followed by Germany with $5.5 million and India with $5.2 million, also a record for a November release in that territory.
Russia opened with $3.7 million in an opening limited to IMAX and premium large format locations in the CIS. The third Thor will go wide across Russia on Monday.
“Thor: Ragnarok” also held well in its second weekend for markets already opened, declining by an average of 40%. The U.K. is the top performer after China with $27.2 million, followed by South Korea with $25.8 million, Brazil with $19.3 million and France with $14.9 million.
“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 in the title role along with Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.
The original “Thor” grossed $268 million internationally and $449 million worldwide in 2011. “Thor: The Dark World” pulled in $438 million internationally and $644 million worldwide two years later.
The international total for “Thor: Ragnarok” included $13.2 million from 1187 Imax screens — the largest launch ever for the format. China led the way with $6 million.
Warner Bros.’ weather-disaster sci-fier “Geostorm” finished a distant second on the foreign front with $17.5 million in 66 markets, lifting the international total to $153 million.
Lionsgate’s “Jigsaw” followed in third with $13.7 million in 63 markets to push its international total to $30.7 million. Constantine’s German spoof “Suck Me Shakespeer 3” was fourth with $12.2 million in two terrtitories, lifting its two-week total to $46.8 million.
Disney-Pixar’s animated music-comedy “Coco” took in another $10.4 million in Mexico to boost two-week grosses to $27.6 million following its world premiere at the Morelia Film Festival. “Coco” opens in the United States on Nov. 22.