The God of Thunder Rules Again

Monday , 13, November 2017 Leave a comment

THOR: RAGNAROK repeated at the top of the North American box office, declining 55%, but still bringing in $56.6 million. The picture is also drawing in big crowds overseas for a worldwide total to date of $650 million. Its reign as box office king will likely end as Warner/DC’s JUSTICE LEAGUE opens in a few days, but Disney/Marvel has to be very happy with how this decidedly light-hearted entry is doing.

Critics despised it, but DADDY’S HOME 2 managed second place with a solid $30 million, enough to come out ahead of Kenneth Branagh’s lush remake of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, which took $28.2 million. That is above projections for the latter, but the film’s “B” Cinemascore is a bit worrying and suggests that it will not have legs. By comparison, the far less sophisticated DADDY’S HOME 2 earned an “A-“.

Another comedy that critics turned their noses up at, A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS held very well, declining only 31%. This suggests that the Mila Kunis vehicle will play well into the holiday season, a relief for hit and miss distributor STX Entertainment.

Also hanging on is JIGSAW, which is dropping, but not quite as quickly as many horror sequels. The Lionsgate nasty added an another $3.4 for a global total of about $80 million. Not bad for a production that only cost 1/8th of that. We can likely expect more entries in the years to come.

A24 expanded LADY BIRD to 37 locations and managed an excellent $1.25 million. The results are good enough that the company plans to take on the big boys by opening the picture nationwide over the Thanksgiving holiday.

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI also performed admirably in limited release, grossing $320,000 at just four locations. Fox Searchlight is pleased enough with these results and the positive critical response to have the movie in about 400 locations in time for Thanksgiving.

Data courtesy Box Office Mojo.

Kenneth Branagh and mustache in MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.

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