Marvel Studios cinematic Phase 2 is continuing to show signs of substantial growth overseas, as Thor: The Dark World opened in 36 (or 70% of) foreign territories this weekend (some as early as Wednesday) to a tune of $109.4m, the fourth biggest overseas weekend of 2013, and estimated to be the top film in every market it opened.
Though not reaching the stratospheric levels of Iron Man 3 ($198.4m its opening foreign weekend), like Marvel’s other major 2013 release the box office tally suggests the foreign markets are treating The Dark World more like a spin-off of The Avengers and less like a sequel to Thor, which totaled $265m in foreign cume in 2011.
The only other films to score $100+ foreign weekends this are Iron Man 3 (twice) and Fast & Furious 6.
According to Deadline.com, the top performing markets for The Dark World include the United Kingdom ($13.4m), France ($9.4m), Mexico ($8.2m), Brazil ($8.1m), Germany ($7.9m), Russia ($7.8m), South Korea ($7.6m), and Australia ($6.9m), and it’s reportedly “easily outpacing” its 2011 predecessor in the same number of markets.
New territories it will open in this week in addition to North America include China, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lebanon, Poland, South Africa, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Trinidad, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Uruguay, and Bolivia.
The film continues to track strongly with critics in advance of its domestic debut this week, currently scoring an 84% ‘fresh’ rating on Rottentomatoes.com from 50 reviews.
Also announced this weekend from Marvel Studios is the first real TV/feature film tie-in. The November 19 episode of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. will follow-up on Thor: The Dark World. The episode, titled “The Well” and directed by Jonathan Frakes, is described by Marvel like this:
“In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces – one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.”
The episode will not feature characters or actors from the Thor movies.