Compared to the first and second Thor films, Thor: Ragnarok has been a smash hit with fans and critics alike, and the results of Marvel’s gambles on the movie are paying off at the box office. Just under two weeks into Ragnarok‘s theatrical run, it’s already destroyed its two Asgardian siblings, much the way the Thunder Lord does in the movies.
After just two weekends, the movie has pulled in $212 domestically, compared to $181 million and $206 million for the first two Thor films. Even after the worldwide pull so far is factored in, it still sits atop the trio with a $650 million worldwide take, compared to $449 and $644 million for the other two.
In the MCU’s pantheon, the movie hasn’t quite broken into the top 10. According to BoxOfficeMojo, Thor: Ragnarok sits at 12th, with Doctor Strange and Captain America: The Winter Soldier still sitting ahead of it with $232 and $259 million domestic totals, respectively.
While still financially successful, the Thor films have performed less impressively than Marvel’s other flagship series, with both Guardians, three Iron Man, and two Captain America films sitting head of it.
With Ragnarok, Marvel took a bunch of chances. The movie bought into campy effects and dialogue more than previous Marvel films and leaned into comedy more than other Avengers films, which have been quippy but still pretty serious. Marvel also took a chance on a director with the movie, letting New Zealand actor and director Taika Waititi pretty much have his way with the movie despite mostly having directed small New Zealand comedies in the past.
With Thor: Ragnarok performing so well, I’m hoping this will encourage the studio to let things get a little sillier and more ridiculous in future films.
And while I’d like to see Thor: Ragnarok breach the top 10, I’m thinking it won’t last long, even if it does. 2018’s Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War are two of the most anticipated MCU movies yet, and will both likely be big performers for the studio.
Thor: Ragnarok is out in theaters now, while Black Panther hits on February 16 and Avengers: Infinity War on April 25.