This week “Daddy’s Home 2” and “Murder on the Orient Express” released in theaters across the country, but failed to take the top-spot away from the mighty Thor. Not only did these films have to battle “Thor: Ragnarok” in its second-week, but “Justice League,” “The Star,” and “Wonder” are set to release next week nationwide. Stuck between the release dates of two major superhero franchises isn’t ideal for any film, and it won’t be easy for these new-releases to make a comeback before they are drowned out by November’s heavy-hitters.
“Thor: Ragnarok” repeated at number-one this week after a $56M weekend. The film remained in 4,080 locations, and Marvel’s two-week running total has crossed the $211M mark domestically. “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.
“Murder on the Orient Express” and “Daddy’s Home 2” will have to battle it out for second-place overall. Currently “Daddy’s Home 2” is expected to land in second-place with a $30M weekend across 3,575 locations. “Daddy’s Home 2” was directed by Sean Anders, the film features Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, and John Lithgow. “Murder on the Orient Express” isn’t too far behind in the weekend estimates, the film is expected to reach third-place with a $28M weekend across 3,341 locations. “Murder on the Orient Express” was directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film is based on the best-selling Agatha Christie novel of the same name. Featured in the film are Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, and Johnny Depp.
Fourth-place went to another holiday comedy, “A Bad Moms Christmas,” which pulled-in $11.5M while remaining in 3,615 locations. Now in its second-week in theaters, “A Bad Moms Christmas” has made just under $40M domestically. “A Bad Moms Christmas” was written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and features Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn. Fifth-place overall went to “Jigsaw,” which made another $3.4M across 2,651 locations.
If you’re skipping the box-office this weekend, there’s plenty of entertainment to be found from the comfort of the couch. The big video-game release this week is “Star Wars Battlefront 2” ($59 at Amazon), and you can play the game before release-day if you pre-order the Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition. The big films hitting the home box-office this weekend are Disney’s “Cars 3,” the Makoto Shinkai directed “Your Name,” the “Harry Potter” collection in 4K, “Patti Cake$,” “Atomic Blonde,” and “Amityville: The Awakening” with Bella Thorne. You can find those options on Blu-ray on sites like Amazon.com.
A we mentioned earlier, the big releases next weekend are “Justice League,” “The Star,” and “Wonder”. Warner Bros. Pictures “Justice League” is expected to win the weekend, the new DC installment was directed by Zack Snyder and features Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Robin Wright, Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Ezra Miller, Henry Cavill, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, and J.K. Simmons. “The Star” is an animated Biblical story directed by Timothy Reckart, the animated-tale features the voice-talents of Steven Yeun, Kristin Chenoweth, and Zachary Levi. If those two options aren’t enough to intrigue you, there’s always “Wonder,” which was written and directed by Stephen Chbosky. The drama features Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, and Owen Wilson.