B.O. Roundup, November 8-10: 'Thor' Avenges With $86 Million

Sunday, 10 November 2013 12:51 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, November 8-10: 'Thor' Avenges With $86 Million

The nation took a trip to Asgard this weekend, propelling Thor: The Dark World to a big debut at number, continuing the Marvel Studios hot streak and ensuring continued adventures for the God of Thunder.

The latest from Marvel Studios and Disney earned an estimated $86.1 million from 3,841 locations nationwide.  Going into the weekend, Disney was projecting $80 million, so the Thor sequel lived up to expectations for the first in the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe franchises to open outside of the summer months.

Thanks in no small part to The Avengers, the third-biggest movie of all time (not adjusted for inflation), introducing Chris Hemsworth's Thor and Tom Hiddleston's Loki to many more moviegoers, Thor: The Dark World opened bigger than Thor by a third.  The first entry opened to $65.7 million in May of 2011.  Of course, the Thor sequel's debut haul doesn't come close to the $174.1 million Iron Man 3 collected this summer, but Robert Downey is the rock star of Marvel Studios.

Marvel attempted to goose 3D showings by attaching a five-minute sneak peek of April's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but the result was less than satisfactory.  Only 39% of the Thor sequel's haul came from 3D showings, down from the 60% 3D earnings of the first Thor.  So despite Gravity, audience interest in the format continues to wan.

$86.1 million domestically is nothing to sneeze at, but Thor: The Dark World is doing gangbusters abroad.  The sequel is playing in most territories now, collecting $240.9 million in foreign booty and bringing Thor 2's global total to $327.0 million worldwide.

The comic book adventure was the only new wide release, but the time-traveling romantic comedy About Time expanded from 175 locations to 1,200.  With all those screens, the latest from writer-director Richard Curtis cracked the top ten, making it to number nine with $5.1 million and bringing its total to $6.6 million.

Alright, alright, take a look at this week's top ten movies in America:

1. Thor: The Dark World                                          $86.1 million               New Release

2. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa                       $11.3 million              $78.7 million

3. Free Birds                                                            $11.18 million             $30.1 million

4. Last Vegas                                                           $11.10 million              $33.5 million

5. Ender's Game                                                     $10.2 million              $44.0 million

6. Gravity                                                                 $8.4 million                $231.1 million

7. 12 Years a Slave                                                 $6.6 million               $17.3 million

8. Captain Phillips                                                  $5.8 million               $90.9 million

9. About Time                                                         $5.1 million               $6.6 million

10. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2             $2.8 million               $109.9 million

Thor: The Dark World is expected to reign again next week, with only Best Man Holiday opening in wide release.

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