“Thor: Ragnarok” To Hit $400M By End Of Weekend

Opening to $109 million in thirty-six markets last weekend, Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” will hit many major territories this coming weekend including North America, China, Japan, Germany, Mexico and Russia.

As a result, estimates are that the film will hit the $400 million worldwide mark by the end of the weekend – just $49 million shy of the gross of the original “Thor” film across its entire run. As of end of Tuesday, the film already stands at $150 million, and the North American total will add a further $100-120 million from Friday to Sunday.

The film’s director Taika Waititi has been doing multiple interviews about the film, with offhanded comments about Black Widow turning into speculation that he’ll helm the solo film for that character. Yesterday though, in an interview with Screen Rant, he revealed that if he were to stay in the Marvel playbox he wants to stick with ‘Thor’ for a fourth solo film – or rather a sequel to ‘Ragnarok’.

“People ask me, ‘would you do another one,’ and for sure I’d do another one because it wouldn’t even feel like doing a fourth Thor film, it would just feel like doing the second Ragnarok film. Cuz it does feel like in a way, yeah there’s been this reinvention in an exciting way. And, I know that Chris feels a real new ownership over the character. He’s excited and he knows that character so well, and I know that his character in Trinity War is gonna have some amazing stuff in that.

So it’s exciting cuz it feels like, if Chris were to do this again it wouldn’t feel like ‘oh it’s the eighth time I’ve done Thor,’ no it will feel like the second or third time I’ve done this character. Same with Mark [Ruffalo]. His version of Banner is a brand new version which is way more interesting. And dare I say it, more human. They’re the more human versions of the character because I feel like the audience can relate to them right off the bat.”

“Thor Ragnarok” opens in U.S. cinemas on Friday.