As anyone in North America is noticing right now from all the online reviews, Thor: Ragnarok is getting released under a relatively unusual international release schedule that puts most of Western Europe1 a full 10 days ahead of North America, with Asia, South America and Eastern Europe all mixed up.
What are the factors that went into this schedule?
24 October 2017 - UK, Taiwan
25 October 2017 - Belgium, France, Indonesia, Italy, South Korea, Philippines, Poland
26 October 2017 - Australia, Brazil, Chile, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore
27 October 2017 - Bulgaria, Estonia, Spain, Croatia, Iceland, Norway, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, Vietnam, South Africa
31 October 2017 - Germany
1 November 2017 - Hungary, Serbia
2 November 2017 - Armenia, Argentina, Denmark, Greece, Israel, Russia, Ukraine
3 November 2017 - Bahamas, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Lithuania, USA
1 Yes, I know about Germany. I'm generalizing.