Halloween has come and gone, and so have the horror-thrillers. This week Marvel released “Thor: Ragnarok” in theaters nationwide, and fans flooded local cinemas to see the mighty Thor take on his friend the Hulk. It will be interesting to see if Thor remains at the top of the box-office next weekend, as “Daddy’s Home 2” and “Murder on the Orient Express” are set to open nationwide. This week was an easy win for the new Marvel movie, and sets the stage for “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” in the coming months.
“Thor: Ragnarok” had a $121M opening weekend across 4,080 locations, that was enough to take the top-spot on the domestic charts and set a new opening record for the franchise. The first “Thor” film was directed by Kenneth Branagh and made over $181M at the domestic box-office before going on to make $449M worldwide. The first Thor film had a $65.7M opening weekend, the lowest of the three films as each one does better than the last. “Thor: The Dark World,” directed by Alan Taylor, had an $86M opening weekend and brought in $206M at the domestic box-office before going on to make $644M worldwide. “Thor: Ragnarok” was directed by Taika Waititi, working from a story written by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. The new Thor film features Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett, Jaimie Alexander, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo and Tessa Thompson.
The comedy “A Bad Moms Christmas” landed in second-place overall, the film pulled-in $17M across 3,615 locations this weekend. “A Bad Moms Christmas” was written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and features Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn.
Lionsgate’s Halloween horror-thriller “Jigsaw” dropped to third-place this weekend, while remaining in 2,941 locations nationwide. The film’s follow-up weekend only grossed $6.7M for the studio, bringing the film’s two-week total to just under $29M. “Jigsaw” was directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, the film stars Matt Passmore, Tobin Bell, and Callum Keith Rennie.
“Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” also from Lionsgate, only made $4.65M this weekend, but that is enough to bring the film’s three-week total to $43M. “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween 2” was written and directed by Tyler Perry, and stars Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, and Patrice Lovely.
The Warner Bros. Pictures epic “Geostorm” dropped to fifth-place overall on the domestic-charts, only bringing in $3M across 2,666 locations this weekend. That brings the film’s three-week total to just over $28.7M. “Geostorm” was directed by Dean Devlin, working from a script that he wrote with Paul Guyot. The film features Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, and Abbie Cornish.
As we mentioned earlier the big releases next week are the Will Ferrell comedy “Daddy’s Home 2,” and the new adaptation of “Murder on the Orient Express.” Select theaters will also start showing “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri;” which features Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell.