Update, Monday 11/11: The second Thor solo movie has definietly surpassed the first, with an $86.1 million dollar opening in the U.S. that comes in just shy of the $90 million analyst expectation, but well above Disney's own projection of $80 million. Thor: The Dark World saw an increase of 31% over the original Thor.
The opening clocked a healthy first place for the weekend, and should hold strong with no real big-budget or genre film opening next weekend.
Worldwide, The Dark World continues to skyrocket, with a $94 million weekend that brings the international total to $240.9 million. It should surpass Thor's total international box office this week. In China, the film opened to $19.6 million, giving the sequel a larger opening than The Avengers, and more than the total run of the first. A greater than $200 million domestic run is expected, with a greater than $400 million international gross guaranteed, meaning while it may not join Iron Man 3 and Avengers in the billion dollar club, it will at least get more than halfway there.
Origina Story, Friday 11/8: Thor: The Dark World took in $7.1m dollars at the North American box office in Thursday evening showings, more than twice as much as Thor ($3.2m) took in in May 2011 when it went on to open to $65m, but less than half of what Iron Man 3 took in ($15.6m) this past May on its way to a $174.4m opening.
Don’t spend too much time trying to extrapolate an exact opening figure for the The Dark World based on those numbers. Most industry analysts are still predicting a strong opening frame somewhere in the $90 millions.
The Dark World has also seen its international receipts rise to $152.8m through Thursday. It opens in a host of new territories Friday including China.
Look for more box office updates throughout the weekend.
And just in case Marvel Studios believes the film needs to appeal more to women moviegoers, their ABC-TV mate Jimmy Kimmel is there to help: