Weekend Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Continues to Hammer the Competition
For the second straight week, Thor: Ragnarok abs-olutely dominated the competition at the multiplex, grossing an estimated $56.6 million and reigning supreme at the weekend box office. Here’s the weekend’s full box office chart.
|1||Thor: Ragnarok||$56,600,000 (-54%)||$13,873||$211,589,707|
|2||Daddy’s Home 2||$30,000,000||$8,392||$30,000,000|
|3||Murder on the Orient Express||$28,200,000||$8,441||$28,200,000|
|4||A Bad Moms Christmas||$11,510,000 (-31%)||$3,184||$39,873,626|
|6||Tyler Perry’s Boo 2!||$2,070,000 (-54%)||$1,089||$45,920,463|
|8||Blade Runner 2049||$1,410,000 (-39%)||$1,634||$88,001,297|
|9||Happy Death Day||$1,312,000 (-51%)||$839||$54,954,605|
|10||Lady Bird||$1,249,358 (+242%)||$33,766||$1,781,438|
With over $211 million in domestic grosses (and $650 million worldwide) to date, Thor: Ragnarok is already the highest grossing film in the Thor series to date, passing Thor: The Dark World’s stateside total of $206 million (and its worldwide total of $644 million) over the weekend. Taika Waititi’s comedic take on the thunder god is now in the top ten among the highest grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe films worldwide, sitting in tenth place behind Doctor Strange’s $677 million. (It still has a way to go before it cracks the domestic MCU top ten; there it currently sits in 12th place behind Doctor Strange’s $232 million and Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s $259 million.)
Despite mostly negative reviews from critics, Daddy’s Home 2, a sequel to a surprise hit comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, grossed a respectable $30 million in its opening weekend. That’s down slightly from the first film’s $38.7 million opening back in 2015, but the movie’s A- CinemaScore suggests word of mouth should be good, and the sequel could conceivably come close to the original movie’s domestic total of $150.3 million. (It will need to; Daddy’s Home 2’s reported budget was a shockingly high $69 million.)
The new version of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, directed by former Thor filmmaker Kenneth Branagh, only cost $55 million to make, so its $28.2 million debut isn’t bad at all. An all-star cast including Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Branagh himself helped propel the film to $85.4 million worldwide, solid numbers for an old-fashioned whodunit. Fourth place for the weekend belonged to A Bad Moms Christmas, which is looking like a significantly smaller hit than the first film; fifth place went to Jigsaw, which was supposed to revive the long dormant Saw franchise, but has mostly shown why the series was retired in the first place.
Viewers were much more enthusiastic about the weekend’s high-profile limited releases. The new dark comedy from In Bruges director Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, grossed an average of $80,000 at each of four theaters around the country. Meanwhile, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird expanded to 37 screens and grossed an impressive $1.2 million for the weekend, even cracking the box office top ten list, with a whopping $33,766 average per theater. Both films could be in for long runs at arthouses around the country as awards season continues.
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