This weekend, Marvel's hammer came down and "Thor: The Dark World" was a smash at the box office with an estimated domestic total of $86.1 million, making it the largest opening of the year so far after "Iron Man 3" ($174.1 million), "Man of Steel" ($116.6 million) and "Fast and Furious 6" ($97.4 million). Internationally, the film has already raked in $327 million (having been
released in select international markets last weekend), making back its
budget of $170 million and then some. Getting "The Avengers" bump, 'Thor 2' made 31.1% more its opening weekend than its pre-"The Avengers" predecessor "Thor" ($65.7 million), making it the fifth best opening in the Marvel Universe franchise. Similarly, "Iron Man 3" made 36% more its opening weekend than its pre-"The Avengers" ($174.1 million) predecessor "Iron Man 2" ($128.1 million). We'll see if a third time will break the charm this upcoming Spring with the release of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." (A heads up for Captain America fans, you'll have at least one good giggle while watching 'Thor 2,' we promise.)
'Thor 2' marks the second best opening for stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Natalie Portman (for the men, after "The Avengers" and its $207.4 million, and for the lady, after "Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" and its $108.4 million). It is also the ninth biggest November opening of all time (not adjusting for inflation), beating out "The Incredibles" ($70.4 million) and right after "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" ($88.4 million) with a few 'Twilight's still taking the top spots. All in all, 'Thor 2' is another feather in the ever-expanding, already over-abundant Buena Vista bonnet and an indicator that we still have a few years of Marvel madness at the box office.
While not quite as statuesque (figuratively and literally), "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" made $11.3 million, crossing the domestic $75 million mark with a running total of $78.7 million. Bumped up a spot to third, "Free Birds" gobbled up $11.2 million. In fourth and with four "grandpas," "Last Vegas" cashed out with $11.1 million. In a fall from first to fifth, "Ender's Game" suffered the largest percentage drop of the top ten (62.1%) and made $10.3 million, nearing the end of its stay on the leader board with the holidays (and holiday films) around the corner. In sixth, "Gravity" stayed online with $8.4 million. Expanding to 1,144 theaters (from 410 last weekend) and staying in a steady seventh, "12 Years A Slave" made $6.6 million, going up by 37.7% since last weekend and nearing the $20 million domestic mark with a running total of $17.3 million. "Captain Phillips" landed in the eighth spot with $5.8 million.
In its first weekend in wide release (after hitting the festival circuit and one week in limited release), Richard Curtis' "About Time" expanded from 175 to 1,200 theaters and made $5.2 million for the weekend, with a running domestic total of $6.7 million. From the man who co-wrote the classic centuries-spanning BBC television series "Blackadder" and brought us "Love Actually," this latest time travel romantic comedy has not found its footing with American audiences, even with America's sweetheart (though Canadian-born) Rachel McAdams as the romantic interest (whose other time traveling romance "The Time Traveler's Wife" opened with $18.6 million in 2009).
In its seventh week in theaters, "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2" is hanging in there in tenth with $2.8 million for the weekend.
1. Thor: The Dark World (Buena Vista) - $86,109,000
2. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Paramount) - $11,300,000 ($78,747,000)
3. Free Birds (Relativity Media) - $11,180,000 ($30,196,000)
4. Last Vegas (CBS Films) - $11,100,000 ($33,531,000)
5. Ender's Game (Lionsgate) - $10,250,000 ($44,001,000)
6. Gravity (Warner Bros.) - $8,405,000 ($231,119,000)
7. 12 Years A Slave (FoxSearchlight) - $6,600,000 ($17,346,000)
8. Captain Phillips (Sony) - $5,800,000 ($90,982,000)
9. About Time (Universal) - $5,172,000 ($6,690,000)
10. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 (Sony) - $2,800,000 ($109,976,000)