Things are looking good for the God of Thunder as his third standalone film is tracking for more than $90 million in its opening weekend. In Chris Hemsworth’s fifth go-round of his superhero alter-ego in Thor: Ragnarok, Odinson brought along his Avengers pal, Bruce Banner in his brand new adventure through the cosmic realm. But it won’t be all just fun and games; Thor also needs to find a way to save Asgard from the looming threat of Hela, the Goddess of Death, who wants to burn his home to the ground and rebuild it in her image.
Marvel Studios latest endeavor is directed by What We Do In The Shadows‘ helmer Taika Waititi who brought his own flavor using the tried and tested Marvel blueprint. The result is a vibrant-looking film aptly matched with a lighthearted narrative tone — a drastic change from how the first two Thor movies. The movie press seems to like it and by the looks of it, many people are intrigued with it.
Yahoo’s latest article reports that Ragnarok is looking to nab more than $90 during its opening weekend, which is a definite step-up from its predecessors. The original Thor film which came out in 2011 got almost $66 million, while Thor: The Dark World released in 2013 pocketed $85 million in its debut. This means that even if the threequel does not cross the $100 million mark, it will still nab the biggest opening weekend in its franchise.
In the bigger MCU picture, if Ragnarok does go over $100 million, it will pose a new record for Marvel Studios with 2017 being the first year that it has released three consecutive films with $100 million-plus openings. May’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened to a whopping $146.5 million, while the franchise’s first Spidey-centric flick, Spider-Man: Homecoming earned $117 million.
It is no secret that the Thor franchise hasn’t performed quite as well as Iron Man or Captain America. But Waititi’s vision with Ragnarok seems to have renewed people’s interest in the God of Thunder with his quirky sense of humor and vivid visual style. Even Idris Elba who plays Asgardian Heimdall in the franchise says that the last two films in the series felt like it was work, while this one felt a lot more fun.
If anything, Waititi’s voice in Thor: Ragnarok seems to be front and center, and that is the good thing in terms of changing things up and trying new ways of storytelling to keep fans interested. Hemsworth himself said that it was a conscious decision on his part to offer something fresh to Thor’s followers. From the looks of it, however, the risk of doing something new pays off as both Disney and Marvel seem pretty confident in the project and this new box office prediction only proves that they are right.
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