Thor: Ragnarok smashes Kiwi box office

Author
NZ Newswire,
Section
Entertainment,
Publish Date
Monday, 4 December 2017, 2:25PM
Taiki Waititi and partner Chelsea Winstanley at the premier of Thor: Ragnarok in Los Angeles, California. (Photo \ Getty Images)
Taiki Waititi and partner Chelsea Winstanley at the premier of Thor: Ragnarok in Los Angeles, California. (Photo \ Getty Images)

Taika Waititi's Thor has smashed its way to the top of the New Zealand box office, raking in a massive $6.5 million to become the year's highest-earning film.

Thor: Ragnarok was released only six weeks ago and has globally grossed more than $US800m ($1.2b) to now stand as the seventh-highest-grossing film for Marvel.

But New Zealand fans in particular have embraced the movie - which has plenty of Kiwi in-jokes and slang to keep local audiences entertained - thanks to director Waititi.

He not only directs, but plays CGI character Korg with a distinctly New Zealand accent and vocabulary.

The Kiwi connection has been so strong that the film has overtaken other Marvel heavyweights including Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Captain America: Civil War - unlike in other markets around the world.

ON AIR: Mike Hosking Breakfast

6AM - 8:30AM