‘Thor: The Dark World’ Thunders to No. 1 with $86-Million Debut [Video]

Thor: The Dark World topped the weekend box office with $86.1 million.

The sequel of the famous super action movie debuted with a astonishing $86 million, claims Marvel distributor Walt Disney Studios.

According to the studio, the success of “Thor: The Dark World” was named the fourth-highest opening of the year, but it still stands behind another Marvel film, “Iron Man 3,” whose $174-million debut is the biggest of 2013.

As The Los Angeles Times writes, heading into the weekend, prerelease audience showed that the adaptation of the popular comic book would debut with a minimum of $90 million – and now even a $100-million mark will not appear to be surprising.

For sure, $86 million is quite an impressive start, given the fact that the figures are significantly more than the $65.7 million the original “Thor” that hit theatres two years ago.

However, even though the sequel of the Azgard god’s story cost Marvel $170 million to produce it, ‘The Dark World’ film is likely going to do so well overseas that the studio will end up in good shape.

But yet every single movie released by the Marvel Entertainment reaches quite high results. Thus, the first “Thor,” which brought its producers $181 million domestically and $268 million abroad, wasn’t considered to be a hit mobie – but it was the first film in a franchise, so it was given the benefit of the doubt.

Now with the launch of “Thor” sequel, it seems quite obvious that the movies of the Azgard hero are not destined to perform at the rate that the “Iron Man” films do.

“This summer, audiences went crazy for Robert Downey Jr. in “Iron Man 3” as the film raked in an insane $1.2 billion worldwide. The movie no doubt benefited from the success of “The Avengers,” which in summer 2012 became the top-grossing film of the year with $1.5 billion in global sales,” The Los Angeles Times reveals.

The movie that tells story of Loki’s failure to conquer our world features both Iron Man and Thor, along with other Marvel superheroes such as the Hulk and Captain America.

As “The Dark World” comes to theatres following hit movie “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” some predict that the “Thor” sequel would see an even larger bump at the box office.

However, holding “Thor” up against Marvel’s other brands isn’t fair, says Dave Hollis, Disney’s executive vice president of distribution.

“Jumping to comparisons with ‘Iron Man’ or ‘The Avengers’ is not terribly appropriate. Any time you can wake up to a $80-million-plus opening, you’re appreciative,” Hollis said.

“Yes, there are certain stories in the Marvel universe that have lent themselves to being the broadest, but there are others that can still put up extraordinary numbers.”

During the weekend, the second movie in the series of Thor’s adventures had already grossed well over $100  million abroad.

It hit more than 65 countries, racking in an additional $94 million, making its international total rise up to $240.9 million. The first part made $268 million overseas all told, so the sequel is on pace to far exceed that tally.

According to its producer, “The Dark World” was mostly adored in Russia, where it has collected $24.1 million, but it has also made around $20 million in Britain and China.

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