Weekend Box Office: ‘Thor’ Wins With $56.6M; ‘Daddy’s Home 2′ FliesPast ‘Orient Express’ With $30M

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The better-than-expected openings of Daddy’s Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express — which took in $30 million and $28.2 million, respectively, over the weekend — provided a much-needed balm after a string of fall films were spurned by audiences.
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The losing streak, of course, doesn’t apply to Disney and Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok. The tentpole won the frame with $56.6 million for a 10-day domestic tally of $211.6 million. Overseas, Ragnarok also topped the chart with $75.9 million for a foreign total of $438.5 million and a global cume of $650.1 million. In North America, the threequel has already surpassed the first two Thor films, as well as boasting the best hold of any title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (54 percent).

 

Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2 is currently playing in 3,565 theaters, came in second after laughing past Orient Express and fighting off the comedy curse, thanks to a strong family turnout. The movie landed the second-biggest bow of the year for a comedy behind Girls Trip ($31.7 million). Paramount was in sore need of a victory after such mishaps as Darren Aronofsky’s mother! and George Clooney’s Suburbicon.

The sequel sees the return of Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, with Mel Gibson and John Lithgow joining the cast. This time out, Dusty (Wahlberg) and Brad (Ferrell) join forces to create the perfect holiday for their kids,  but their alliance is put to the test when their own fathers show up. Linda Cardellini, John Cena and Alessandra Ambrosio also star.

the family audience and the comedy audience,” says Paramount domestic distribution chief Kyle Davies. “And because of the holiday element, we wanted the most runway before the actual holidays.”

Fox’s star-studded Murder on the Orient Express  which placed third, is a victory for the sort of adult-skewing fare that has suffered with the advent of Netflix and other platforms. Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s iconic train-set mystery, playing in 3,341 theaters, beat projections despite so-so reviews and a B CinemaScore. Overseas, the movie grossed $45.8 million from 57 markets — including a better-than-expected $19 million in China — for a global cume of $85.4 million.

 

In addition to directing, Branagh stars in the pic opposite Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr. and Daisy Ridley.

Weekend Box Office 11/12/17
3-Day Weekend Box Office Estimates – Source: comScore
Weekend Cume Theaters Week
1. Thor: Ragnarok $56.6M $211.6M 4,080 2
2. Daddy’s Home 2 $30.0M $30.0M 3,575 1
3. Murder on the Orient Express $28.2M $28.2M 3,341 1
4. Bad Moms Christmas $11.5M $39.9M 3,615 2
5. Jigsaw $3.4M $34.4M 2,651 3
6. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween $2.1M $45.9M 1,900 4
7. Geostorm $1.5M $31.6M 1,685 4
8. Blade Runner 2049 $1.4M $88.0M 863 6
9. Happy Death Day $1.3M $55.0M 1,564 5
10. Lady Bird $1.2M $1.8M 37

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Paramount Pictures; Marvel Studios
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