The good news just keeps coming for Marvel’s God of Thunder.
Buoyed by stellar reviews, not to mention that overly impressive debut overseas, Thor: Ragnarok is now well on its way to box office stardom. While initial forecasts claimed Taika Waititi’s threequel would open to $100 million on home turf, the pic far exceeded that and continues to impress, as we’re now learning that the film’s grand total has already soared past $700 million, with the current number sitting at $738 million.
It’ll only continue to climb higher, too, as not only is Thor: Ragnarok still pulling in strong numbers even several weeks after release, but Justice League has proven to be no match for it, opening with only $96 million on this side of the pond. So far, Waititi’s first effort for Marvel has had a spectacular debut by anyone’s standards, but the fact that the first Thor movie grossed $449 million six whole years ago really puts things into perspective. Indeed, if the MCU was ever at risk of franchise fatigue, it doesn’t show.
Making matters more interesting is Thor: Ragnarok‘s lofty score on Rotten Tomatoes. The review aggregator recently crowned Ragnarok as the highest-rated entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe – no mean feat, mind you, given it’s the seventeenth film in the superhero saga.
It’s no wonder Waititi is beginning to drop hints about working with Marvel on a future project. The New Zealand filmmaker is currently one of the most sought-after creators in the business, and though his zany Black Widow pitch might be too much of a stretch, it’s nigh on certain that Waititi will be back working within the MCU sooner rather than later. Other Marvel characters are still on the table, it seems, though he’ll likely stick with the God of Thunder. And can you really blame him?
Now that Asgard has been reduced to a smoldering pile of ashes, next up for Thor is the release of Avengers: Infinity War, which will see Marvel’s God of Thunder buddy up with scores of costumed crusaders (Spider-Man included!) when the ensemble piece arrives on May 4th, 2018.