The Marvel superhero sequel is running well ahead of the first film as it rolls out in 36 foreign markets and lifts studio past $2B for year
“Thor: The Dark World” has thundered to $45.2 million in its first three days at the overseas box office, and pushed Disney’s 2013 foreign box office total to a new record.
The early returns from the Marvel superhero sequel are running well ahead of the totals of the original film as it rolls out in 36 foreign markets this weekend.
The studio reported Saturday that its overall overseas grosses hit $2.314 billion Friday, marking the fourth consecutive year that Disney has surpassed the $2 billion benchmark overseas. The previous record was $2.302 billion, set in 2010.
The U.K. has been the strongest market for “The Dark World” so far, with $7.8 million since opening Wednesday, followed by France ($5.8 million) and Germany ($4.1 million).
The original “Thor” took in $450 million worldwide in 2011, with nearly 60 percent of that coming from abroad. “The Dark World” is expected to do even better, owing largely to the effect of Disney’s 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers.” The Marvel superhero mash-up gave a huge boost to “Iron Man 3″ earlier this year and will likely do the same for “The Dark World.”