Ok, cat out of the bag, Thor: The Dark World doubled its $170 million budget in little over 10 days worldwide. It would have done it sooner, had the movie come out everywhere at the same time. But alas, with another monster $94 million weekend, Thor: The Dark World is now at $240.9 million internationally. Similarly, Thor finished with $268.2 million so the sequel is doing much better thanks in no small part to The Avengers, right? Now superhero movies almost always grow around the world from installment to installment. That’s usually because when they debut, outside of fans of the source material (mostly comics) there’s not a lot to go on besides the marketing effort of the local distributor. So we end up with just about every superhero flick making less internationally than in North America (where most of this characters come from and where comics are more popular), at least when it comes to the first installment. At best we’ll get one doing marginally better internationally (like Fantastic Four) but that’s usually because of a famous star and not so much the source material. X-Men, Batman Begins, Spider-Man, Iron Man, all first installments and all more popular domestically. So what is the point to all of this? Well Thor was unlike any other superhero before, with almost 60% of its total worldwide gross originating outside North America. With that in mind, the growth potential for Thor: The Dark World was already below average, so having the movie perform so much better despite that is pretty amazing, and yes, strongly influenced by the ridiculous success of The Avengers a year ago. Expect Thor: The Dark World to close its theatrical run around $700 million worldwide, a major improvement over the $449.3 million of Thor in 2011.
Another $28.3 million for Gravity and words are really, well they sort of escape me. The sci-fi never had a single weekend above $40 million yet stands at $243.3 million internationally. Worldwide it brought $475.7 million so far and it should pass $500 million by the end of the week, way before my end of the year prediction some time ago. The next step is now $600 million and with China and Japan still left to open, I believe that one is in the bag already.
Escape Plan had a great $25.3 million weekend thanks to a massive opening in China ($22.8 million) which accounts for the vast majority of that figure. The old-timer action flick has $63.5 million internationally and $86.8 million worldwide.
Solo a Catinelle posted another impressive number, $10.7 million in its second weekend, carrying the Italian comedy to a huge $44.4 million total, all arriving from its home market.
Captain Phillips rounds out the top 5 with $7.2 million for a new worldwide total of $146.8 million.