Marvel Studios will be three-for-three in 2017 when box office totals for Thor: Ragnarok hit over the weekend.
The Thor threequel, now in theaters, will easily prove itself worthy as it takes the #1 spot at the box office, beating out weak earners Jigsaw, Geostorm and Blade Runner 2049. Per Variety, Fandango says Thor: Ragnarok out-sold Spider-Man: Homecoming at a similar point in its sales cycle, and also surpassed 2011's Thor and 2013's Thor: The Dark World.
Spider-Man: Homecoming — which was creatively produced by Disney-owned Marvel Studios but distributed and paid for by Sony Pictures, who retained the box office profits — webbed up a $117 million opening weekend back in July and eventually grossed $879 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing superhero movie of 2017.
Though Thor brought in $449 million worldwide in 2011 and Thor: The Dark World earned $644 million worldwide this time in 2013, it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect Thor: Ragnarok to dethrone Spidey's first solo foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ragnarok is fueled by near-universal high praise: though it now stands at 94% certified fresh on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the Taika Waitit-directed film was for a time Marvel's highest-rated movie ever.
Thor: Ragnarok (94%, 209 reviews) is now nestled between Iron Man (94% with 268 reviews) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (92%, 300 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes' ratings ranks of the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Ragnarok has already successfully launched in many markets overseas, and is tracking huge for its US bow: after bringing in $109 million in its worldwide debut, the Asgardian Avenger is gearing up to haul in as much as $400 million worldwide by Sunday. The Mighty Thor indeed.
Marvel Studios' first hit of the year, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, raked in $863 million worldwide following its domestic release in May. Landing somewhere in the $800 million range is doable for Thor, even with rival Warner Bros. releasing superhero epic Justice League in just two weeks.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum and Anthony Hopkins, Thor: Ragnarok is now playing.