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Thor's Hammer Smashes International Box Office

Film reaches international No. 1 before hitting domestic theaters

Marvel's "Thor" hasn't been released in the United States yet but it has already smashed box offices around the world, sending the Norse God straight to No. 1.

"Thor" is now running in theaters in 56 overseas markets and has snagged a gross of $83 million in its opening weekend. The figure marks 2011's biggest opening weekend yet and it will only continue to do well once the film officially opens in domestic theaters.

In the United Kingdom, "Thor" reached topped the box office with a gross of approximately $9 million over a five day period with an additional $24.3 coming in from France, Italy, Spain and South Korea.

The movie clipped "Fast Five," the fifth installment in the Fast and the Furious series, which fell into the No. 2 spot with a foreign gross of $81.4 million, but remained No. 1 within the United States.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, "Thor" introduces the Norse God from the realm of Asgard who is banished to Earth after defying Odin (Sir Anthony Hopkins). Stripped of his abilities, the Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) struggles in adapting to human life and his aided by Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) in his efforts to understand his newfound mortality.

Meanwhile in Asgard, Thor's brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) continues his devious plot to usurp the throne and become King.

"Thor" opens on May 6.

To read Airlock Alpha's review of the movie please click here.

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Alan Stanley Blair is the news editor for Airlock Alpha and assistant news editor for its sister site, Inside Blip. Contributing from his home in Scotland, he is currently studying for a diploma in freelance journalism and feature writing. He can be found on Twitter @Alanistic.
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