‘Thor: The Dark World’ takes $86.1m in opening weekend Stateside

The Marvel/Disney film has the the ninth biggest ever November opening weekend in the US

Thor: The Dark World has scored itself the ninth biggest ever opening weekend in the US, pulling in $86.1m (£53.8m) at the box office.

The original film only managed to make $65.7m (£41.1m) in comparison. Game Of Thrones director Alan Taylor shot the sequel to 2011’s Thor, which was directed by Kenneth Branagh, late last year in England and Iceland. Alongside Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman, original cast members Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård and Rene Russo have all reprised their roles from the first Thor film, which grossed just under $450 million (£290 million) at cinemas worldwide.

The film, which opened last weekend in the UK, topped the domestic box office chart with ticket sales of £8.65m, the third best opening for a Marvel movie in the UK, behind Avengers Assemble and Iron Man 3. Former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston appears in the new film as a supervillain called Malekith the Accursed. Chris O’Dowd from The IT Crowd also has a part in the movie.

Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Joss Whedon rewrote several scenes for the film. The writer-director of The Avengers, was apparently “airlifted in” when filming on the Thor sequel hit a snag last year.