Thor Smashes Box Office Competition
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World had a successful start last weekend (Nov. 8-10) with a first place take of $85.74 million. The Marvel superhero sequel starring Chris Hemsworth debuted in line with expectations. Thor: The Dark World opened 30.5 percent stronger than the $65.72 million start of 2011’s Thor. With only one new wide release scheduled for this coming weekend — Universal Pictures’ The Best Man Holiday — Thor: The Dark World could hold up relatively well, although competition will become much fiercer the following weekend when Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire debuts.
It was a tight race for second place between Paramount Pictures’ Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Relativity Media’ s Free Birds and CBS Films’ Last Vegas. Bad Grandpa ultimately claimed second with $11.33 million, while Free Birds and Last Vegas followed closely behind with $11.11 million and $11.04 million respectively. All three held up well. Bad Grandpa was down 43 percent, Free Birds fell just 30 percent and Last Vegas dropped 32 percent. Respective total grosses stand at $78.77 million for Bad Grandpa in 17 days, at $33.47 million for Last Vegas in 10 days and Free Birds at $30.13 million in 10 days.
The weekend wasn’t as good for Lionsgate’s Ender’s Game. The previous top film was down four spots and a sharp 62 percent to land in fifth with $10.26 million. Ender’s Game took a big hit from the arrival of Thor: The Dark World, which had been widely expected. Ender’s Game has grossed $44.01 million in 10 days.
In its first weekend of wide release, Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years a Slave grossed $6.68 million to place in seventh. After a very strong hold the previous weekend, the awards season hopeful increased a 39 percent last weekend after expanding into an additional 734 locations. The 24-day take for 12 Years a Slave stands at $17.42 million.
Meanwhile, Universal Pictures’ About Time placed in ninth in its first weekend of wide release with an underwhelming $4.76 million. That represented a 342 percent increase over the previous weekend’s limited start (when the film was playing in just 175 locations). About Time has grossed $6.28 million in its first 10 days of release.
|This Week||Last Week||Movie||Weekend Gross||Cumulative Gross||Weeks|
|1||N/A||Thor: The Dark World||$85.7M||$85.7M||1|
|2||2||Jackass Presents: Bad Grampa||$11.3M||$78.8M||3|
|7||N/A||12 Years a Slave||$6.7M||$17.4M||4|
|10||7||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2||$2.8M||$110.0M||7|