Box office report: 'Thor' hammers out a $66 mil opening


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The superhero film Thor smashed its competition this weekend with a $66 million debut, according to studio estimates. Among other Marvel-based movies, Thor opened better than The Incredible Hulk ($55.4 million) but fell short of X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($85.1 million) and Iron Man ($98.6 million). The $150 million action film, which was distributed by Paramount and produced by Disney-owned Marvel Studios, attracted an audience that was 63 percent male. Surprisingly, the PG-13 movie skewed older, with 72 percent of its audience over the age of 25. CinemaScore moviegoers gave Thor a “B+” rating, and 3-D showings brought in 60 percent of its gross. IMAX theaters, in particular, accounted for 10 percent of the movie’s earnings.

Fast Five, which premiered last weekend to a commanding $86.2 million, dropped a steep 62 percent for $32.5 million. That decline duplicates the performance of 2009’s Fast & Furious, which also fell 62 percent its second weekend. However, considering Fast Five‘s mostly positive reviews and its excellent “A” grade from CinemaScore audiences, industry experts thought the street-racing action flick would hold up better than this. Nevertheless, Fast Five has already collected a massive $139.9 million domestically in just two weeks.

Third place could be a photo finish between two PG-13 romantic comedies: Jumping the Broom and Something Borrowed. Although Borrowed started the weekend out in front, Broom is now expected to push ahead today with a weekend debut of $13.7 million. Broom, made for only $7 million, stars Paula Patton and Laz Alonso as an engaged couple whose families butt heads at the wedding. The TriStar release drew an audience that was 70 percent female, and they liked what they saw — CinemaScore graders handed the film an “A” rating.

Borrowed was close behind with a $13.2 million opening, and also attracted a female crowd that made up 73 percent of the audience. The Warner Bros. release, about a young woman (Ginnifer Goodwin) who falls for the fiancé (Colin Egglesfield) of her best friend (Kate Hudson), cost $35 million to produce and received an okay “B” grade from CinemaScore moviegoers. Finally, in fifth place, the animated adventure Rio slipped 45 percent for $8.2 million, pushing its four-week haul to $114.9 million.

In limited release, The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson as a middle-aged man who starts using a beaver hand-puppet to communicate with the world, mustered only $104,000 from 22 theaters for a disappointing per-theater average of about $4,700. Jodie Foster directed and costars in the $21 million dramedy. Check back next week as the 3-D horror action film Priest battles the R-rated comedy Bridesmaids.

1. Thor — $66.0 mil
2. Fast Five — $32.5 mil
3. Jumping the Broom — $13.7 mil
4. Something Borrowed — $13.2 mil
5. Rio — $8.2 mil

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  • dipshat


    • Desmo

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      • Mack 5

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      • Julius

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      • @Desmo

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      • Rhonda Smith

        Wait til your father hears about this young man. No Chucky Cheeses for you tonight!

      • trophywife

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      • Terrence

        VARIETY: “Foster’s ‘Beaver’ a tired, uninspired mess”.

        THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: “Jodie Foster’s ‘Beaver': stale and moldy.”

        EW.COM: “Jodie Foster’s ‘Beaver’ is not a pretty sight”.

        LESBIAN AFFAIRS: “Foster’s ‘Beaver’ fails to elicit interest, even from lesbians”.

        BOX OFFICE MOJO: “Jodie Foster’s ‘Beaver’opens; nobody cares”.

      • Megan


        PEOPLE: “Not even Gibson can give Foster’s “Beaver” traction (at the box office)”

        US mag: “Jodie Foster fails to pull anything extraordinary out of her “Beaver”…leading man.”

      • LOL

        If the film is too long, maybe Foster can shave something off her “Beaver” to make it more palatable to audiences.

      • Carlos


    • Flip

      You may have been first, but you didn’t add anything to the discussion.

    • HD

      I haven’t seen Thor yet but I plan to sometime during the week! Looks fun.

    • theREALdipshat

      Who are these idiots who are posting as me??!

      • theFAKEdipshat


      • theBETTERdipshat

        go back to ur hole, troll.

    • LMFAO

      America wallows in mediocrity.

    • Ignatz O’Rielly

      I prefer a longer Beaver that takes more work to really get into, but it seems that younger audiences prefer one that’s quite trimmed down and easily accessible. No accounting for taste, I guess.

      • Ignatz O’Rielly

        Does it even matter which post you choose to “reply” to? This *$&#ing board is almost as useless as CNN’s.

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    • Carlos

      Afer seeing Thor, I knew this movie would be number 1. I enjoyed the movie so much, I seen it Friday and Saturday. Saturday I went to see ‘Jumping The Broom’. After I left of of this movie, I walked into another theater to see ‘Thor’ again. I didn’t have to pay another $9.00 to see ‘Thor’.

  • LMAO

    America Loves Fast Five more than Thor.

    • LOL

      You bet your sweet bippy they do! What’s not to love, it’s an amazing film. I can’t wait for the sequel, and more Vin on Rock action!

      • Shaun

        Bah! That’s no sign of taste or intelligence… Besides, one is part of a proven film franchise with “star” (I use that term lightly) power. Thor, however, was something of a gamble. The previews didn’t look good either, but the final product turned out really well. Thor’s not the household name other comic books- turned-films have featured, so there’s nothing wrong with Thor’s take. Fast Five dropped like a, er, Rock this weekend. We’ll see how Thor holds up.

      • Zeba

        How can you can Fast Five a ‘film’? It’s a movie not a film. A film is art. Fast Five is not art it was made purely for entertainment. There’s nothing wrong with that. Just call it what it is, a movie.

      • Stevo

        After seeing both Fast Five and Thor, I couldn’t believe how mindless Fast Five was. I mean, I’m willing to suspend my disbelief for these kinds of movies, but c’mon, they’ve broken so many laws of physics, it becomes laughable. I felt like I was watching ‘XXX’ meets ‘Ocean’s Eleven,’ utilizing the worst parts of both. Thor was okay, I guess I was expecting more, but I’m still glad it did well it’s first week. At least now they’ll go through with the putting out the other Marvel movies without worrying.

      • LOL

        Fast Five is indeed art! It’s like a masters class in filmmaking. I would say it’s better than The Godfather, hands down. No boring talky crap, get to the fast cars and Vin Diesel sexy self, that’s what I’m talking about.

    • Dani

      You’re right. Thor sucked. Meanwhile, Fast Five was awesome!

      • Ruby

        Seriously? Having seen both movies, I can honestly say that Thor was vastly superior. An extremely well done film.

      • jj

        Thor. Sucked. Balls. Natalie Portman was awful; she will be nominated for a Razzie.

  • Irena Szohr

    I hope in this Thor 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 Thor 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.

    • LOL

      America loves crap.

      • LOL

        Oops, I mistyped, I meant to type that America loves good movies! I haven’t seen Thor yet, but it looks great! I was busy watching Fast Five for the fifth time today, which will be my weekend routine until it’s out of theatres. But I’ll try to go see it tonight. Again, apologies for the typo above. Way to go America!

      • LOL

        Oops, I mistyped yet again. I’m so silly. I don’t know what’s coming over me. What I meant to say is that Americans are idiot’s, that’s kind of hard to dispute. America does love action movies though and that’s probably why I was entranced by Vin Diesel’s sculptured abs and enormous bulge. I really meant to say, and again I’m sorry for continuing to misstate this, but Thor is a better movie overall, it’s just my pea brain cannot handle more plot than “Vroom! Vroom!”. Sorry for the confusion.

      • LOL

        Man, what is wrong with me, I’m so discombobulated by my love of Fast Five that I spew forth nonsense sometimes. I mistyped yet again, I meant to say that Americans have gotten it right again! It’s hard to dispute that, after all, they have spent millions upon millions to watch the brilliant Fast Five. I am indeed entranced by Vin Diesel’s rock hard abs, and a certain part of my anatomy gets rock hard when I think of Vin or his wonderful movie. Thor will be wonderful, I’m sure, but Fast Five is the most amazing film I’ve ever seen. Again, sorry for the confusion, I just got back from another viewing of Fast Five, and it makes me dizzy…the beauty, the beauty.

      • LOL

        I love lamp!!

      • LOL

        FAST FIVE!! FAST FIVE!!!

      • Korey

        You’re a douche. Opps I mistyped. I meant to say that your identical posts every single week are refreshing and not at all redundant.

      • dipshat

        LOL…your and that guy who posts the grades of songs every Thursdays are REALLY ANNOYING!Oh, Wait.

      • LOL

        I’M ALSO GAY!!!

      • Korey

        Being gay shouldn’t prevent you from being funny or original. Right?

      • Stevo

        It’s pretty douchey to respond to your own comments. You literally could have had a verbal conversation with yourself in the real world and no one would’ve known the difference.

      • Carlos

        LOL, please put the ‘crack’ pipe down. Just say no to drugs.

  • Una

    It is unfortunate that Last Night, Passion Play and Daydream Nation were only 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.

    • Marie

      I agree about Last Night and Daydream Nation, however I disagree with you about Passion Play. It looks horrendous and it’s getting hammered by consecutive bad reviews. Wide-releasing it would be a waste of money for the film companies.

  • LOL

    Fast Five still did great, good job America! Fast Five is one of the best movies in years! Please let Vin Diesel be naked in one of the DVD extras!

  • Matt1

    Best movie of the weekend… Hobo with a Shotgun on demand!! For $7, a bunch of friends and I got drunk and watched the best movie of the year so far! Rutger Hauer RULES!!!

  • RJ Johnson

    To: John Young- The $4,700 per screen average was “disappointing”? Did you see the per screen average for “Something Borrowed”????

    • Jose

      Its bad because it was on limited release. It would’ve been fine if it was in 1,500 theaters or more but in an extremely limited release of 22 theaters that means that maybe 13,000 people were watching it total. Not exactly a promising start since this film is expected to go to wide release in a few weeks.

  • RJ Johnson

    “The Beaver” – $4,700 per screen is bad?

    • Ttt

      It is bad. “Black Swan” premiered to about $77,000 per screen average.

      • m1

        To be fair, that’s not a good comparison AT ALL.

      • Jose

        Why not? Both movies opened in limited release, plus Black swan opened in less theaters than The Beaver(I think 19) and made an $80,000 average.

        How’s this for a comparison? Earlier this year Jane Eyre opened to a $46,000 average.

      • Alyssa

        I like Jodi Foster , but Mel Gibson is not very likeable right now, and I dont know, there is something about a movie called ” the Beaver” that makes me uneasy. I just have a perverted mind.

      • steph

        @ Alyssa: I agree with the title…there’s just something about saying “One ticket to see The Beaver” to the ticket guy at the movies. lol

  • joe

    Thor was pretty decent, not a classic by any means, but worth the money. Fast Five however was just frickin incredible!!

  • Jose

    I think that’s a pretty dissapointing sart for the Summer. At least next weekend Thor will obviously win due to lack of competition but I will definitely watch Bridesmaids.

    And did anyone here watch The Beaver? Was it good?

  • NotHere

    As far as “The Beaver” what did that author or anyone else expect? Mel Gibson (crazy) playing someone ‘touched’- i.e. simple in the head seems like a natural role for him, problem is, no one cares.

  • MB

    Sixty-six million dollars is impressive, considering there’s nothing there. Next week’s totals will be interesting.

  • rio

    My god has a hammer, yours is nailed to a cross. Any questions?

    • Loki

      Now THAT was funny.

  • Alyssa

    There are a serious amount of TROLLS on here today. I need Prof.Snapes phone number- anyone know Alan Rickman???

    Anyway…I LOVED THOR, and not just for the body of the almighty himself-WHOO! But I know norse mythology and it was a great adaptation between that and the comic book version. There are differences of course, But it still was a very enjoyable movie and Loki and Thor stood out in performance. Sir Tony made a very good Odin as well.

    Im seeing it again with my brother when he comes home from college. Good start to kick off summer.

  • Smallville

    It was 100x better than Xmen Origins loL

    • RyanK

      I’m still not sure if that’s saying much…

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