"Thor: The Dark World" brought down the hammer this weekend, thundering to No. 1 at the U.S. box office with a estimated $86 million.
Disney’s Marvel superhero sequel rode the wave of momentum from last year's "The Avengers" – as "Iron Man 3" did earlier this year – to the year's fourth-biggest opening. It didn't match the U.S. debuts of those two Marvel films, the biggest-ever at $207 million and $174 million respectively, but the $170 million 3D epic blew past the first weekend of the pre-"Avengers" original "Thor."
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That one opened to $65 million in May of 2011 and went on to take in $450 million worldwide in 2011. With $94 million from overseas this weekend, 'The Dark World” has brought in more than $327 million in two weeks, and will out-earn 'Thor' by a wide margin. It opened No. 1 in China with nearly $20 million this weekend, better than “The Avengers.”
- Todd Cunningham