Thor: Ragnarok made its domestic debut Thursday, and is on track to be one of the years biggest openers. The threequel is set to earn over $115 million this weekend in the U.S. alone, making it the biggest Thor opener ever.
Box Office Mojo reported the Marvel film made $14.5 million in its Thursday preview, and $46.8 million Friday night. Those big numbers put the movie on track to earn the $155 million figure outlets are projecting.
The third Thor film was originally predicted to make $150 million according to Box Office Pro, and it seems the movie will hammer their projection.
The original Thor flick opened to a modest $65 million in 2011, with its sequel, The Dark World, earning $85 million in 2013.
If Ragnarok hits the $115 million projection, it would be the eighth highest opener for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The original Avengers holds the number one spot for an opener with $207 million. The Avengers is followed by Age of Ultron ($191 million), Captain America: Civil War ($179 million), Iron Man 3 ($174 million), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146 million), and Iron Man 2 ($128 million.)
Ragnarok has the potential to nab the number seven spot on the opening charts if it can pass this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which debut weekend grossed over $117 million.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has the biggest opening weekend for the MCU this year, with its impressive $146 million weekend. The film is the second highest opener for 2017, behind Beauty and the Beast with $174 million.
Ragnarok is not only dominating the box office, but it’s standing strong with critics as well. Marvel’s newest release boasts a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and an “A” CinemaScore. If Ragnarok holds it’s score on the Tomatometer, it would be the second highest rated MCU film on the site after the original Iron Man (94 percent.)
The first two Thor films were not as well received by fans or critics. The original film earned a 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Dark World earning the MCU’s lowest rating at 66 percent. The films were given a “B+” and “A-” respectively on CinemaScore.
Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, and Karl Urban.
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