“Thor: Ragnarok” made more than $122 million at the box office last weekend, which means it’s technically Matt Damon’s highest grossing opening-weekend hit. Sort of.
The locally bred actor has a cameo in the superhero film. In an early scene, he plays a thespian performing as Tom Hiddleston’s character Loki in a play. The scene also features Chris Hemsworth’s brother Luke as an actor playing Thor, and Sam Neill playing Anthony Hopkins’s Odin.
No one ran out to see “Thor” because of Damon, of course, so it doesn’t add to the actor’s box-office value. Damon’s true highest grossing weekend debut was “The Bourne Ultimatum,” which made more than $69 million at the domestic box office in 2007, according to Box Office Mojo, which tracks these stats.
Damon — who wound up in the blockbuster because he’s a friend of “Thor” star Hemsworth — has made a bunch of unexpected cameo appearances in his pals’ movies over the years. A few examples: He played himself in a “Good Will Hunting” parody scene in 2001’s “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” had a memorable role in 2004’s “EuroTrip,” and, that same year, showed up as a public relations executive in his friend Ben Affleck’s “Jersey Girl.”