Thor rules: Ragnarok brings audiences to the multiplexes

THOR RAGNAROK (Photo: Marvel Studios)

Weekend Box Office Estimates November 3-5, 2017

(KUTV) Last weekend “Thor: Ragnarok” dominated the international marketplace and this week it came to North America where it conquered to the tune of $121 million. That’s the fourth best opening this year behind “Beauty and the Beast” ($174 million), “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” ($146 million) and “It” ($123 million).

The film also added an additional $151 million internationally. After ten days, the worldwide total sits at $427 million. 2011’s “Thor” finished with a worldwide total of $449 million.

I wouldn’t expect “Ragnarok” to fade quickly; it’s the best reviewed Thor release by audiences and critics alike. It will surpass the $644 million worldwide that “Thor: The Dark World” did in 2013, but how much higher than $700 million it goes might depend on how well “Justice League” is received on November 17.

A Bad Moms Christmas,” which opened on Wednesday to get an early jump on Thor, will finish the weekend with around $21.5 million. That five-day total is less than the original’s three-day tally of $23 million last year. “Bad Moms” went on to earn $183 million worldwide against a $20 million budget. “A Bad Moms Christmas” was a more expensive endeavor, likely due to an increase in salary for Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell. It also features Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski and Cheryl Hines. Audiences gave “Bad Moms” a CinemaScore “A,” but the sequel, which was demolished by critics, has received a “B.”

Jigsaw,” the Saw franchise relaunch, looks to finish the weekend with an additional $6.7 million. The worldwide total sits around $60 million, which is something of a disappointment, but considering the film was made for $10 million, it is still a profitable disappointment.

Fourth place goes to “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2!” with $4.6 million. The horror comedy has now earned $43 million worldwide. $20 million less than its predecessor at the same point.

The disaster drama “Geostorm” rounds out the top five with $3 million. The film is sitting around $30 million domestically, but the international numbers are quite a bit better. The worldwide total sits at $182 million, but with a price tag of $120 million the film is unlikely to turn a profit for Warner Bros.

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