Weekend Box Office: ‘Thor’ No. 1, ‘Orient Express,’ ‘Daddy’s Home 2′ in Close Race for No. 2

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The race between director Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded Murder on the Orient Express and holiday comedy Daddy’s Home 2 is turning out to be closer than expected at the North American box office.daddy2-movie

Both films are performing ahead of expectations, grossing nearly $11 million on Friday for a projected weekend in the $27 million-$28 million range. Most box-office observers are giving Murder on the Orient Express the edge, but either way, Daddy’s Home 2 is a needed win for Paramount Pictures.

 

Disney and Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok will win the weekend overall with a sophomore outing of $54 million or more, pushing the tentpole’s global total well past $600 million by Sunday.

 

From Fox, Murder on the Orient Express is playing in 3,341 theaters and grossed $10.8 million on Friday.

 

Branagh also stars opposite Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr. and Daisy Ridley. It marks the fourth big-screen or television adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic tale.

 

 

Daddy’s Home 2, playing in 3,575 theaters, earned an estimated $10.9 million on Friday.

 

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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