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Thor: The Dark World soars to top of US box office

Chris Hemsworth in Thor: The Dark World
Image caption Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as the superhero in the film

Marvel superhero blockbuster Thor: The Dark World pounded its rivals at the North American box office, taking $86.1m (£53.8m) in its opening weekend.

The sequel to the 2011 movie sees Chris Hemsworth reprise his role as the god of thunder who battles to save Earth from evil forces.

Bad Grandpa, from the makers of Jackass, held the number two spot for a second week, taking $11.3m (£7.1m).

Animated film Free Birds was just behind at three with $11.2m (£7m).

The film features the voices of Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as a pair of turkeys who try to keep their kind off Thanksgiving dinner plates.

Last Vegas, featuring Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as four friends who reunite for a stag party, fell one place to four.

Last week's number one, Ender's Game, tumbled down the chart in its second week to five.

Industry forecasts had predicted the second Thor instalment would debut with at least $90m (£56m). It missed that target but did surpass the original film, which opened with $65.7m (£41m).

"It's a great start," Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution for Walt Disney Studios said, adding Disney would have considered "anything north of $80m (£50m) to be a good result."

Including international markets - where the movie has been playing since 30 October - the film has now taken some $327m (£204m) globally.

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