Thor: Ragnarok Could Be On Track To Be New Zealand's Top Grossing Film Of 2017

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Taika Waititi is a household name in his native country of New Zealand and he has struck gold again. Kiwi movie goers are still supporting him with the latest release of Thor: Ragnarok.

As reported by Stuff, Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok is expected to be the top grossing movie for 2017 in the country of New Zealand. Box Office Mojo notes that the movie has already earned $4.2 million at the New Zealand Box Office.

The movie just needs $200,000 more to overtake Beauty and the Beast at the top of the list. Beauty and the Beast has earned $4.4 million which is still the highest earner so far in New Zealand this year.

Taika Waititi had the country's highest grossing movie in 2016 with the very funny 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' movie. The Kiwi comedy grossed $8.6 million which is higher than the $5.1 million and $5.0 million earned by Moana and Rogue One respectively.

However, the biggest obstacle for Thor: Ragnarok to be the biggest earner in New Zealand this year is the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Unlike Rogue One, The Last Jedi is not a spinoff and is likely to dominate worldwide.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was easily New Zealand's biggest earner in 2015 with a Box Office intake of $9.8 million.

The Last Jedi is expected to get similar numbers both in New Zealand and worldwide so it will only be a short reign for Thor: Ragnarok if it can beat Beauty and the Beast in the next few days.

Nevertheless, Disney will still have the top three highest earning films of 2017 in New Zealand.

The company could add even more to its portfolio if it manages to purchase 20th Century Fox soon!

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