10:45am PT by Pamela McClintock
'Thor: Ragnarok' Takes Flight Overseas With $12.8M
Director Taika Waititi's critically acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok has taken flight overseas, earning $12.8 million from a handful of markets on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The U.K., the where the threequel opened on Tuesday, leads with a two-day haul of $4.8 million. On Wednesday, Thor opened in nine additional European and Asian markets. In South Korea, it grossed $2.3 million, the biggest opening day for the month of October.
Marvel Studios and Disney's threequel is opening in roughly 50 percent of the international marketplace a week ahead of its domestic launch. Tracking suggests the superhero film could finish this weekend with an early foreign total of $100 million more more.
In North America, Thor: Ragnarok could climb as high as $125 million in its launch, well ahead of the first two films.
Thor: Ragnarok sees Chris Hemsworth returning as the Asgardian god. Thor teams up with brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and pal Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to fight the goddess of death, Hela, played by Cate Blanchett. Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins also star.
Major foreign markets where Thor opens this weekend include the U.K., France, Italy, South Korea, Australia and Spain.
Next weekend, the movie swings its hammer into Germany, Russia, Mexico, China and Japan.
Thor: Ragnarok currently sports an enviable 97 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, one of the highest scores for a superhero title.