Marvel Studios‘ Thor: Ragnarok grossed an impressive $46.8 million on Friday and received an A CinemaScore from audiences. $14.5 million of the Friday figure comes from the Thursday previews. The third installment is playing in 4,080 theaters today, including 391 IMAX screens, and is enjoying a stellar 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Thor: Ragnarok is now expected to debut with more than $110 million domestically this weekend, which tops the first film’s $65.7 million from May 2011, as well as Thor: The Dark World, which earned $85.7 million in November 2013.
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The Taika Waititi-directed film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.
In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!
Kevin Feige produced the film, written by Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle & Christopher L. Yost. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Thomas M. Hammel, and Stan Lee were the executive producers.