Box office update: 'Thor' collects $25.7 mil from puny mortals on Friday


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SUNDAY UPDATE: Thor wins weekend with estimated $66 million.

SATURDAY REPORT: The god of thunder did pretty much what was expected of him, as Thor led the box office on Friday with $25.7 million, according to early estimates. That places the $150 million superhero film, which was released by Paramount but produced by Disney-owned Marvel Studios, on track for a $67 million opening weekend. Taking into consideration that Thor isn’t one of Marvel’s most well-known characters, and that star Chris Hemsworth isn’t a household name yet, $67 million should be viewed as a solid debut for the PG-13 movie. Among recent Marvel-based projects, Thor will finish in between The Incredible Hulk ($55.4 mil) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($85.1 mil).

Last week’s victor, Fast Five, dropped a slightly larger-than-expected 69 percent for $10.5 million. It should make about $35 million this weekend, bringing its two-week tally to $142 million. Two romantic comedies, both revolving around weddings, are fighting for third place. The edge goes to Something Borrowed, which grossed $4.8 million on Friday en route to an estimated $13 million weekend. The PG-13 film stars Ginnifer Goodwin as a woman who has just turned 30 (the horror!) and finds herself in love with the fiancé (Colin Egglesfield) of her best friend (Kate Hudson). Despite earning mostly negative reviews, the $35 million flick should receive a decent bump on Mother’s Day.

The same goes for Jumping the Broom, starring Paula Patton and Laz Alonso as an engaged couple whose two dissimilar families converge for the Martha’s Vineyard wedding. The PG-13 movie took in $4.2 million on Friday and should finish the weekend with about $12 million. And in fifth place, the animated Rio declined 46 percent for $2 million. It’ll likely wind up with $9 million for the weekend, pushing its cumulative total past $115 million.

In limited release, The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson as a guy who uses a beaver hand-puppet to talk to the world, opened to a lackluster $30,000 at 22 theaters. To put that into perspective, the Jodie Foster-directed film posted a lower per-theater average than Something Borrowed, which played at 2,882 more locations than The Beaver. Check back here on Sunday for the complete box office report.

1. Thor — $25.7 mil
2. Fast Five — $10.5 mil
3. Something Borrowed — $4.8 mil
4. Jumping the Broom — $4.2 mil
5. Rio — $2.0 mil

Box office preview: Mighty Thor ready to rule the weekend

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  • LMAO

    America loves Thor.

    • LOL

      …but they still spent money on crap like Fast Five.

      • Adwina Lambert

        thor/chris is HOT! tee-hee!

      • LOL

        Sorry, mistyped, I meant to say that they still spent money on pure gold like Fast Five. I plan on seeing Fast Five five times every weekend until it’s out of theatres! Thor looks ok, but I have to watch my eye candy, Vin Diesel and The Rock. Now if we can get Chris Hemsworth into a threesome with those two, I am so there. America, you did pretty good, Fast Five should be number one, but I’m sure Thor is good fun too.

      • LOL

        Sorry, I was right the first time. Fast Five is the fifth iteration of a garbage franchise, and only succeeds because of America’s low aggregate IQ.

      • Jason

        Poor assumption Mr LOL. Lots of smart people saw Fast Five. They just went to watch it as a comedy, instead of an action/drama. Sometimes it’s fun to go and have a laugh at something you can be sure is unintentionally bad.

      • LOL

        Of course lots of smart people went to see Fast Five. I’m one of them! I loved the action, the drama, and the comedy. Fast Five is like a masters class in filmmaking, it’s poetry in motion. Plus, I get to drool over Vin Diesel for an afternoon, always a lovely way to spend the day.

      • Amber

        I’m a genius. I also love car chases. know the movie is stupid, but I love it anyway. Aren’t smart people allowed to like something just because it’s fun?

      • Tom

        I can’t argue with the kind of logic that isn’t

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    • yammering

      I’ve always thought that somehow Thor is the American ideal valuing action and power over wisdom and intelligence. Of course, Thor can get away with that because a) He’s a God and b) redundantly, he’s fictional.

      That being said, I saw Thor in 3D IMAX yesterday and it was pretty awesome (though I probably should stop throwing my hammer around the house at my puny mortal wife and kids.)

    • urethra franklin

      America also loves its “Beaver”. Look at all the pornos out there!

  • Hoboken Thunder God

    Your momma is a dirty Thor.

    • j


  • Emma

    Can’t wait to see Thor tonight!

  • Smallville

    I loved Thor.

  • Jester

    And Scream 4 is officially a flop.. Good Riddance, such dumb series

    • Polly

      But it’s people like you who keep on talking about it (even out of context of the article) that keep Scream’s name alive.

  • Channing

    Actually, ‘Scream 4′ has grossed nearly $80M worldwide before this weekend’s figures are released/finalized. It’s held up much better in foreign markets than I had thought it would.

    • Desmo

      Foreigners don’t count!

      • Summer Bay

        Like when you have “world” series Baseball?

  • Garysatx

    See the movie. Very entertaining.

  • darklady65

    Looking forward to seeing Thor later today =)

  • ThunderWife

    I saw the movie last night and i loved it from start to finish even when the shirt came off the ac did nothing for me hot hot hot

  • larry k

    Thor and Fast Five were both fun popcorn movies.Can’t wait for Super 8!!

    • Anna

      We saw Thor and yes it was basically a ‘huge’ popcorn flick. There was nothing really great about it, especially the dialogue. That was just ridiculous. I know he was from another planet and all, but I had hoped that someone might have something intelligent to say in the film. Let us all hope that Marvel gives Captain America some great dialogue and he doesn’t grunt and growl as much.

      • Tom

        You actually expected this to be good?

  • Smallville

    Super 8, Cowboys & Aliens, & Captain America. Cant wait.

  • Heidi Fisher

    I hope in this film series, they will include:
    Balder, Beta Ray Bill, Frey, Hermod, Hercules, Hoder, Hrimhari, Idunn, Kelda, Thor Girl, Thunderstrike, Tyr, Valkyrie, Vidar, Volla, Zeus.

    I look forward to seeing the following villains in future sequels:
    Absorbing Man, Atum, Bloodaxe, Cobra, Desak, Ego the Living Planet, Enchantress, Executioner, Fafnir, Fenris Wolf, Grey Gargoyle, Hela, Karnilla, Kurse, Lorelei, Malekith the Accursed, Man-Beast, Mangog, Midgard Serpent, Mr. Hyde, Mongoose, Perrikus, Quicksand, Radioactive Man, Ragnarok, Seth, Surtur, Ulik, Wrecking Crew (Wrecker, Bulldozer, Piledriver, Thunderball), Ymir, Zarrko.

    • Jose

      Enough already!
      This is the 20 millionth time you posted this in a Thor related article and its annoying!

    • Dan Too

      Radioactive Man and Fallout Boy?

  • Mairead

    It is unfortunate that Last Night, Passion Play and Daydream Nation are only being released in select cities and that we won’t find out how they would have done commercially if released nationwide. They all have interesting casts.
    It would have been interesting to see how smaller films for the leads would do commercially.

  • Loki

    Thor did pretty gud cant wait to c it and captain america and the avengers next year

  • Jimmynog

    I always liked putting my hand in a beaver.

    • Barry

      You wouldn’t know a beaver even if it bit you on your penis.

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