Weekend box office: Thor: Ragnarok hammers past A Bad Mom’s Christmas

There was never any question which movie was going to take the top spot at the weekend box office.  With one of the best trailers in recent memory and plenty of positive critical reviews, we all knew THOR: RAGNAROK was going to be another Marvel hit.  Flirting with almost $120 million, the third Thor film will almost double the opening of the first Thor film and beat the second one by about $40 million.  That’s a pretty impressive feat for the third film in what most people consider the worst Marvel series.  I think the question now is how much money are they going to have to pay Chris Hemsworth to make Thor 4?  I can almost hear the dump trucks of cash backing up now.  The other new movie of the weekend was A BAD MOM’S CHRISTMAS, which looks like it won’t even match the original film’s $23 million opening.

Next week should be interesting since there are a couple of drastically different movies opening up.  The first is MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, which has a star studded cast and is based on a famous story, but it’s also directed by Kenneth Branagh.  If history repeats itself, he’ll probably make his character a much bigger part than it should be and ignore his more talented cast.  Next, there’s DADDY’S HOME 2, which is the definition of a sequel no one wanted.  But I’m anxious for Mel Gibson to continue his comeback tour, so hopefully it’s a lot better than the trailers make it look.  But even with two recognizable new films, THOR: RAGNAROK should have no problem taking the top spot.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Thor: Ragnarok $119m

2. A Bad Mom’s Christmas $15.9m

3. Jigsaw $6.3m

4. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween $4.3m

5. Geostorm $2.9m

6. Happy Death Day $2.6m

7. Thank you for your Service $2.4m

8. Blade Runner 2049 $2.3m

9. Let There Be Light $1.7m

10. Only the Brave $1.6m

(Deadline)

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