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Thor: Ragnarok hit theaters in the U.S. this past weekend, and a lot of people have already gone out to see the Marvel flick. One small audience for the flick got an extra large surprise, however, when director Taika Waititi popped up in front of the screen, soon introducing Thor: Ragnarok cast members Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. You can check out the cool moment, below.
Thor: Ragnarok was screening in Los Angeles on Friday night when the director of the movie and some of its cast showed up. The screening was at the Vista Theater in Los Angeles (which John Mayer once rented out for an adorable date), and from the reaction of the crowd to the stars, they were eating it up. This isn't the first time that people involved with a Marvel movie have shown up to surprise fans at the theater. In fact, when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came out just a few months ago, director James Gunn showed up to the Disney-owned El Capitan Theater with Pom Klementieff and Stephen Blackheart. I'm honestly a little surprised that Taika Waititi and co. didn't head to the El Capitan this time around, too, as the movie is playing there, but it may have been a matter of convenience. Either way, Chris Hemsworth preserved the experience via Instagram, also thanking the fans, and the rest is history.
In fact, it's not uncommon for a movie as big as Thor: Ragnarok to do extra promotional stuff, including having cast and crew members pop up in movie theaters. I've previously been to several opening night screenings at the ArcLight Hollywood in which actors on movies like 23 Jump Street have shown up to surprise fans. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine also did it during Wonder Woman's theatrical run. Even Tyrese Gibson surprised fans at a screening of Fast 7. So yeah, it's a common thing, but still a fun experience for the fans, even those watching the footage secondhand.
In its first week at theaters, Thor: Ragnarok brought in $121 million domestically, after a strong showing at the international box office. The movie has already brought in a total of $431 million worldwide, and the third Thor solo flick is also the 17th Marvel movie in a row to be a #1 hit. So, things are looking pretty good for the flick, even without the added benefit of fan screenings. If you'd like to look into Thor: Ragnarok before you nab your own tickets, go ahead and take a look at our full guide. And, as always, take a look at what other movies Marvel has in the works, right now.