Why U.S. audiences will be the LAST see Marvel's Thor movie

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Dec 14, 2012

We hate to say this because it makes us look petty, but we're feeling a LOT jealous of the rest of the world right now. That's because we live in the U.S., and it seems like moviegoers in every other country on Earth have been able to catch Thor except for us. What's up with that?

Thor opened in Australia two weeks ago, and in 55 other territories last weekend, but here in the U.S. we won't get to see the Thunder God beat the crap out of Loki until Friday. And that hurts.

Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, feels our pain.

"The people who ask that question are fanboys who are mad because they want to see it first," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "I don't blame them."

But the global market can't be ignored, and so Paramount, who is Marvel's distribution partner, chose to take advantage of the European holiday called May Day, as well as the English royal wedding on April 29, which meant that many countries had a three- or four-day weekend. More time for movie-going means a bigger box office, and Thor certainly ended up with one, earning nearly $100 million before even getting to the U.S.

It all seems very logical. But that sure doesn't make it hurt any less.

Do you plan on seeing Thor Friday? Because we sure do!

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