'Thor' Grosses $8 Million Internationally Thursday
Paramount and Marvel Studios’ Thor thundered into 25 international markets on Thursday, grossing an estimated $8 million for a total $23 million, including its Australian cume and previews.
In France, the superhero pic—directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth—grossed $1.6 million, on par with Iron Man and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Including previews, the two-day French total is $2.9 million.
In Germany, Thor’s opening day gross of $1.2 million outpaced Iron Man’s debut by 33%, and Wolverine, 115%. Adding in previews, Thor’s two-day take is $1.5 million.
Thor’s two-day total in the U.K. is $3.9 million, up 50% from Wolverine. Grosses include previews on Monday.
Thor outpaced Iron Man in Russia and Argentina. The pic opened to $1 million in Russia for a two-day total of $1.4 million, 20% ahead of Iron Man. It earned $110,000 in Argentina, 68% more than Iron Man.
In Malaysia, Thor took in $260,000, the biggest non-holiday opening ever for a Marvel title.
Thor opened first in Australia last weekend, where total box office revenues are now $9.7 million, 29% more than Iron Man’s first week.
The superhero tentpole opens in 20 more markets Friday, bringing its total territory count to 56.
Thor faces competition from Universal’s Fast Five in Germany, Russia and Spain. Fast Five, which opens Friday at the domestic box office, is off to roaring start overseas, grossing north of $35 million from only a few markets where it opened last weekend.
Fast Five beat Thor in Germany, opening to $2.2 million on Thursday to command 40% of the market. Thor grossed $1.2 million in its opening day.
The race was much closer in the U.K. between the two films.