From left, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo at the World Premiere of Thor: Ragnarok in Los Angeles, California, on November 10, 2017. (Reuters)
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LOS ANGELES – Showing plenty of staying power, Disney-Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok is dominating the North American box office with $56.6 million at 4 080 locations in its second weekend.
The figure gave the third Thor movie the 29th highest second weekend of all time and the fifth best of 2017. It also took in nearly the combined total of the two new titles – Paramount’s family comedy Daddy’s Home 2, with $30 million from 3 575 sites and Fox’s mystery Murder on the Orient Express with $28.2 million at 3 341 venues.
Thor: Ragnarok, starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by Taika Waititi, declined 54% from its $122.7 million opening last weekend and is already the ninth highest domestic grosser of 2017 with $211.6 million in its first ten days. It’s also been a stellar international performer with $438 million in less than three weeks – topping $650 million worldwide.
On November 8, Thor: Ragnarok became the 12th consecutive Marvel Cinematic Universe film to top $500 million worldwide.
The movie has reversed a box office slump that persisted through October and left 2017’s overall domestic movie going down 5% from last year at $9.14 billion as of Sunday. With Warner Bros.’ Justice League opening next weekend, Disney-Pixar’s Coco on November 22 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi launching on December 15, the industry is now poised to end the year on an upbeat note. The overall weekend totalled about $148 million, down 6% from the same frame in 2016, according to comScore.
“Now it will take the dream team of Justice League, Coco and of course The Last Jedi and a host of other films big and small to rally the industry toward a year end total that could rival last year’s record $11.4 billion,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “The clock is ticking and there’s not a lot of time left on the calendar to make up the difference.” (Reuters)