Box Office: 'Thor: The Dark World' Opens to Huge $109.4 Million Overseas

UPDATED: The sequel -- returning Chris Hemsworth in the title role -- opened in 70 percent of the foreign marketplace this weekend, coming in No. 1 everywhere.

Throwing down the hammer in a big way, Thor: The Dark World opened to a sizeable $109.4 million at the foreign box office a week ahead of its North American debut, marking another victory for Marvel Studios and parent company Disney.

Returning Chris Hemsworth in the title role, the superhero tentpole opened in 36 countries this weekend representing 70 percent of the international marketplace. Imax theaters generated more than $5 milion in ticket sales.

Thor 2 alights in North America on Nov. 8. Other returning cast members include Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba.

Thor 2 delivered Disney a notable victory as the studio raced past the $2.3 billion mark in foreign grosses for the year, setting a new record for the studio.

The movie opened notably ahead of the first Thor in many territories, and scored one of the top openings of the year so far.

The U.K. led with $13.4 million, followed by France with $9.4 million, Mexico with $8.2 million and Brazil in $8.1 million.

Major territories where Thor 2 isn't opening this weekend include China, Japan, Italy and Argentina.