B.O. Roundup, November 15-17: 'Thor' Repeats, 'Best Man Holiday' Surprises

Sunday, 17 November 2013 11:22 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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B.O. Roundup, November 15-17: 'Thor' Repeats, 'Best Man Holiday' Surprises

The God of Thunder surprised absolutely no one by repeating his first place performance at the domestic box office.  The surprise here was not Thor: The Dark World, but The Best Man Holiday, a sequel that surpassed every expectation.

After debuting atop the box office heap last weekend, the Thor sequel lacked any blockbuster competition this frame.  What would have been a busier weekend was more low-key thanks to Paramount rescheduling Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street to Christmas.  Without Leonardo DiCaprio to overshadow him, Chris Hemsworth's dreamy Asgardian collected another $38.4 million from 3,841 locations, according to estimates.  That represents a drop of 55% from its debut, a pretty standard decline for a Marvel Studios picture.

Thor: The Dark World has collected $146.9 million in ten days of nationwide release.  Thanks in no small part to its hero's participation in The Avengers, The Dark World is on track to easily surpass the $181 domestic total of the first Thor back in 2011. 

Like all Marvel and Disney's golden eggs, Thor: The Dark World thoroughly dominated abroad.  The film's worldwide total of $479.7 million has already zipped past the $449.3 million Thor earned.  In China, the sequel opened even bigger than The Avengers and surpassed its predecessor's entire Chinese haul in just days.

Though it emerged atop the heap here at home, Thor 2 was actually outpaced by The Best Man Holiday on Friday.  For his sequel to 1999's The Best Man, writer-director Malcolm D. Lee enlisted all nine of the first movie's primary stars for a Christmas-themed reunion film.  Going in to the weekend, Universal Pictures was predicting that the sequel would earn $17 million.  The Best Man Holiday damn near doubled that figure, earning an estimated $30.5 million from 2,024 locations.

In just three days of release, The Best Man Holiday very nearly surpassed the $34.1 that The Best Man earned in total fourteen years ago.  Especially given that the sequel cost only $15 million to produce, this a tremendous showing.

The Best Man Holiday also nabbed a coveted A+ CinemaScore from those who saw the film.  That suggests word of mouth will be outstanding, keeping The Best Man Holiday trucking over the long haul between now and Christmas.

In limited release, Alexander Payne's Nebraska took in $140,000 from four locations for an outstanding per-theater average of $35,000.  With a bit of awards season hoopla, the black and white road movie ought to build an audience over the month to come.

Here are the top ten movies in America for the weekend of November 15th through 17th:

1. Thor: The Dark World                              $38.4 million             $146.9 million

2. The Best Man Holiday                             $30.5 million             New Release

3. Last Vegas                                               $8.8 million              $46.9 million

4. Free Birds                                                $8.3 million             $42.2 million

5. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa           $7.6 million             $90.2 million

6. Gravity                                                     $6.2 million             $240.5 million

7. Ender's Game                                          $6.2 million             $53.7 million

8. 12 Years a Slave                                      $4.7 million             $24.9 million

9. Captain Phillips                                       $4.5 million              $97.6 million

10. About Time                                            $3.4 million             $11.5 million

Next Friday, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is guaranteed to knock Thor from his pedestal, while The Delivery Man will attempt to catch the attention of audiences looking for a lighter alternative.

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