The box office has seen the emergence of a new film at the top this week, as Thor: The Dark World came in with an incredibly powerful weekend, and crushed all of the competition. The sequel to the popular Thor from 2011 featuring Chris Hemsworth playing Thor proves to put the film on the fast track to success once again.
Superhero films have been popular for a long time, and it seems that it would be almost impossible for a movie to beat out a superhero film on opening weekend, while this weekend was no different.
I want to go see Thor: The Dark World again.
— Haley Montague (@HMInWonderland) November 11, 2013
Even when big films such as 12 Years A Slave are given a wide release on the same day, they are no match for a film like Thor: The Dark World, simply because the audience that would see it is much larger. The film has a supporting cast that includes Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins.
The latest film from the Jackass crew, Bad Grandpa, came in second place, with last week's top contender Ender's Game coming in at fifth, and 12 Years A Slave only made seventh place.
The character of Thor, through the previous film, has come to be known by his good looks, and also the fact that he is a God who wields a hammer. Chris Hemsworth gained the attention of women everywhere in the role, and looks to do that once again in Thor: The Dark World.
Not only is Thor: The Dark World the #1 movie in America, but the hit film earned over $86 million in its opening weekend, crushing all competition. The $86.1 million also came from 3,841 theaters, earning the film $22, 418 per theater on average.
So Thor: The Dark World was AMAZING!!!!!!!! BE SURE TO STAY FOR THE ENDING trust me you won`t believe who or what shows up#ThorTDW
— Nathaniel Katz (@nkatzhero) November 11, 2013
Watching Thor: the dark world again :))))
— Crystal Briones (@crystalldeliaa) November 11, 2013
This film also introduced Thor's nemesis Loki, and the marketing campaign behind his character and the rising star, Tom Hiddleston, resulted in Disney's best ever November opening ahead of The Incredibles, which grossed $70.5 million on opening weekend. The film also had the ninth-best November start overall.
There is no doubt that the Marvel films are generating a great buzz, especially with the success of The Avengers, with work already being done on two sequels. The next X-Men film, X-Men: Days Of Future Past is due out next year, and the trailer was released recently in order to get all the fans excited for the new film.
@clarkgregg just saw Thor The Dark World. It was a hammering good time. Not low-key at all.
— Joey Spangler (@JSpangDerulo) November 11, 2013
— Ryan McClure (@IHaveThatPower) November 11, 2013
Just saw Thor- The Dark World #Awesome
— Skinztattoo (@skinztattoo) November 11, 2013
Thor: The Dark World had a wildly successful opening weekend, and will certainly continue that success in the coming weeks. The question is, what film will be able to de-throne the superhero hit?