Overachievers: Thor headlines an impressive weekend at the box office

THOR RAGNAROK (Photo: Marvel Studios)

Weekend Box Office for November 10 -12, 2017

(KUTV) It was a far more robust weekend at the box office than anyone predicted as “Thor: Ragnarok” led the charge in its second weekend with $56.6 million. Domestically the film has made $211 million. The worldwide numbers are an incredibly impressive $650 million.

Daddy’s Home 2” will finish its first weekend with $30 million, that’s some $5 million better than what was typically predicted. That’s decidedly less than the $38 million that the original film opened to in December of 2015. It’s still a welcomed start for the film that sees Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell return with Mel Gibson and John Lithgow added to the cast. Critics hated the film (I haven’t seen it), but there’s something in the formula that clearly works for the masses as audiences gave the film a “A-“ CinemaScore.

Murder on the Orient Express,” the latest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel, easily surpassed expectations on its way to $28.8 million. The film boasts a fantastic cast that includes Kenneth Branagh (who also directs), Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Leslie Odom, Jr. Reviews have been surprisingly harsh. I found the movie to be delightful.

Another surprise performance comes from “A Bad Mom’s Christmas.” The raunchy sequel with returning players Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell fell just 31 percent in its second week as it added $11.5 million for a two-week total of $39.8 million. I, like many critics, wasn’t particularly impressed with the film, but there was plenty of laughter at the preview screening. Clearly the film is connecting with its audience. It will be interesting to see where this film finishes.

Jigsaw” rounds off the top five with a weekend total of $3.4 million. The film’s domestic total is now at $34 million. The relaunch of the Saw franchise has now earned $79 million worldwide.

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