Weekend box office: Thor: The Dark World conquers all
It’s no longer a question of if a Marvel movie will be #1 at the box office, but rather a question of by how much. So even though THOR: THE DARK WORLD got some mixed reactions from the critics, fans showed up in droves to witness their favorite God of Thunder save the day again. The film will finish with over $80 million at the weekend box office, besting the original THOR by about $16 million. If I were to pick a week link in The Avengers standalone films, I would have said Thor, but I think this proves that people love everything Avengers. It will be interesting to see how CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER fares when it hits theaters. Studios aren’t stupid, so no other movie opened this weekend. When a Marvel movie claims the weekend, everyone else rightfully backs off. Even though there were no other new releases, I continue to be amazed at the staying power of both CAPTAIN PHILLIPS and GRAVITY. GRAVITY makes sense because of its impressive visuals, but for a drama, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is killing it at the box office and is coming close to $100 million. That kind of box office success is going to demand attention come awards season.
Next week sees the release of Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA as well as THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY. So that means THOR: THE DARK WORLD should make it an easy two weekends in a row. Of course, the week after that is THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and not even Marvel can compete with the juggernaut that is The Hunger Games. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Thor: The Dark World $85.8m
2. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa $11m
3. Last Vegas $10.9m
4. Free Birds $10.8m
5. Ender’s Game $10.3m
6. Gravity $8.3m
7. 12 Years A Slave $6.6m
8. Captain Phillips $5.5m
9. About Time $4.7m
10. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 $1m