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The sequel to the 2011 comic book adaptation, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Hong Kong, bowed on Thursday and took $360,000 (HK$2.8 million) on its opening day. It was the highest-grossing opening ever for a non-Chinese-language film in the month of October in the territory.
The film raked in $2 million (HK$16 million) during its opening weekend, setting a new opening-weekend record for an October release as well.
The original Thor took only $2.5 million (HK$19.4 million) in the territory in 2011, an amount predicted to be surpassed in merely a week by the sequel.
The strong performance proves the power of synergy for the studio, as the characters of Thor and his mischief-making brother Loki, played by Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, respectively, were brought to a wider audience in the territory via the 2012 blockbuster The Avengers, which raked in $12.4 million (HK$96.7 million) and was the top-grossing film of the year here.
Marvel’s earlier release in 2013, Iron Man 3, also broke records when it opened in April. The Robert Downey Jr.-starrer made the top-grossing four-day weekend of all time with $4.6 million (HK$36 million) and later stormed past the HK$100 million mark with $13.6 million (HK$106 million) to become the third-highest-grossing (and highest-grossing non-James Cameron-directed film) of all time in Hong Kong.
Thor: The Dark World will open in North America on Nov. 8. The film opened to a a sizeable $109.4 million total at the foreign box office a week ahead of its U.S. debut.
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