Marvel’s phase 2 continues with Thor: The Dark World and its enormous $109 million debut. While not quite on the same scale as Iron Man 3 (which ended up at $806 million internationally), this second solo adventure of Thor is playing noticeably better than the first outing. That being said, Thor finished its run with $268.3 million internationally, second only to Iron Man 2 in a pre-Avengers world. Today that same number would not fly. Now Thor: The Dark World is looking at $400-450 million internationally by the time it leaves theaters, so I hope that’s enough for the mouse.
Gravity is still pretty much how it has been for the past month, very very solid. With another $27 million over the weekend, Gravity flew past $200 million internationally. Worldwide ($429.2 million) Gravity is now the highest grossing movie of Sandra Bullock’s career and by this time next week I’ll be able to say the same for George Clooney (Ocean’s Eleven had $450.7 million).
In 3rd we have record breaking Italian comedy Solo a Catinelle which tallied $25 million on its debut. As far as I know, no other movie has ever opened this high (strictly talking dollars) in Italy, be it local or foreign. To put that number into perspective, Iron Man 3 has been leading the year with $20.9 million over there, or more like used to lead. To have a movie open with $10 million would be phenomenal in Italy, but $25 million is downright out of this world.
Turbo with $12.2 million and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 at $11.5 million round out the top 5. Turbo sits at $267.6 million worldwide while Meatballs 2 has $177 million. While neither is breaking any records, at least Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 ($78 million) cost a lot less then Turbo ($135 million).