There’s no reason to beat around the bush when it comes to the number one film at the box office this weekend. Walt Disney Co.’s (NYSE:DIS) 3D tentpole Thor: The Dark World, which has already earned $133.4 million overseas, is set to run away with the number one spot at this weekend’s box office and dominate the competition. In fact, some projections are showing that Thor: The Dark World could potentially earn eight times as much as the next highest earning film.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, and Idris Elba, Thor: The Dark World takes place one year after the events of The Avengers as Thor reunites with Jane Foster and is forced to save his planet from an ancient enemy. Along the way, Thor forms an uneasy alliance with his adopted brother Loki to take on the growing threat. Thor: The Dark World brings in a new director, Alan Taylor (a Game of Thrones directing veteran) after the first film was helmed by actor-director Kenneth Branagh.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, current projections show Thor: The Dark World may possibly gross a whopping $300 million worldwide by Sunday, which would put the film on track to be one of the most successful Disney-Marvel films of all time. In comparison, 2011′s Thor — which was distributed by Paramount Pictures (NASDAQ:VIA) — earned $449 million worldwide with $181 million in North American sales and $268 million overseas. With all this in mind, here’s a preview of this weekend’s top five films at the box office and a look at how the projections are shaping up.