Weekend box office: The Best Man Holiday and Thor 2 battle it out

Weekend box office The Best Man Holiday

With little marketing and horrible critic reviews, Tyler Perry’s movies and THE BEST MAN movies manage to pull in $20 to $35 million at the weekend box office like clockwork.  So imagine what would happen if you took the same basic story, same cast and gave them a talented director and a well-written script?  The possibilities are endless, but I guess if you can make $30 million without trying, why bother?  Such is the case with THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY, which is in a heated battle with THOR: THE DARK WORLD for the top spot.  About a million dollars separates them, but after Sunday actuals come through, it could be a much different story.  THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY was the only movie opening this weekend, but I did want to point out that GRAVITY is at $240 million so far, which is incredible for that type of movie.  And quietly, the romantic time-traveling comedy ABOUT TIME is hanging in the top ten.  Good word of mouth has surely helped it since I haven’t talked to anyone that didn’t love it.

Next week belongs to THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE.  The first sequel in The Hunger Games series is getting crazy good reviews from critics and when you combine that with the rabid fanbase, the total haul for Catching Fire could break Twilight’s November records.  We also get Vince Vaughn’s latest effort to remain relevant in DELIVERY MAN.  Between Thor and The Hunger Games, I’m not sure Vaughn is going to get an audience, but it should help the film that other than THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY and BAD GRANDPA, there aren’t any other comedies out right now.  Note: the numbers below will be updated when they become final.

1. Thor: The Dark World $38.5m

2. The Best Man Holiday $30.6m

3. Last Vegas $8.8m

4. Free Birds $8.3m

5. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa $7.6m

6. Gravity $6.3m

7. Ender’s Game $6.2m

8. 12 Years A Slave $4.7m

9. Captain Phillips $4.5m

10. About Time $3.4m

(Deadline)

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