Box office report: 'Thor' wins again with $34.5 mil, while 'Bridesmaids' opens strong to $24.4 mil

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Thor requires sustenance! Moviegoers complied, as the god of thunder topped the box office for the second week in a row with $34.5 million, according to studio estimates. On Friday, the $150 million action film dropped a somewhat alarming 64 percent from the prior week, but it then roared back with a mightier-than-expected Saturday. Overall, Thor fell a mild 48 percent for the weekend, holding up better in its second week than such recent Marvel-based films as Iron Man 2 (which declined 59 percent), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (69 percent), and The Incredible Hulk (60 percent), while equaling the original Iron Man‘s drop of 48 percent. However, Thor is going to need a bigger hammer if he thinks he can hold up as well next week when Jack Sparrow comes to town.

The weekend’s other box-office hero was Bridesmaids, which debuted in second with an impressive $24.4 million. The Universal comedy, starring Saturday Night Live‘s Kristen Wiig in her largest movie role yet, benefited from top-notch reviews and gave producer Judd Apatow his best opening since 2008′s Step Brothers. With women representing 67 percent of the audience, Bridesmaids also proved that there’s a market for a raunchy R-rated comedy featuring a female ensemble. Audiences generally liked the movie, with CinemaScore graders handing it a “B+” rating. Of particular note: Six percent of the graders listed “male actor in lead role” as their reason for attending the movie. There is no lead male actor in Bridesmaids, but judging by the “A” rating this audience segment gave the film, we can assume they meant Jon Hamm’s steamy supporting role.

The week’s other new release, the 3-D horror action film Priest, opened in fourth to a merely okay $14.5 million. The $60 million movie, released by Sony’s Screen Gems label and starring Paul Bettany, brought in a crowd that was 57 percent male. Critics gave Priest unholy reviews, as did CinemaScore audiences, who stamped the PG-13 movie with a “C+” grade. Performing better than Priest was the holdover Fast Five, which skidded 40 percent for $19.5 million. With $168.8 million in the bank, the action movie passed 2009′s Fast and Furious to become the street-racing franchise’s top grosser. And in fifth place, the animated adventure Rio slipped just 6 percent for $8 million, bringing its cumulative total to $125 million.

In limited release, the Will Ferrell dramedy Everything Must Go debuted to a decent $825,000 from 218 theaters. The drama Hesher, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman (in her fifth movie this year), flopped with $127,000 from 40 locations. And special recognition goes out to the dance flick Go for It!, which opened to $110,000 from 218 theaters. With a per-theater average of $505, my back-of-the-envelope calculation says an average of four people attended each showing of the movie.

Check back next week as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides invades more than 4,000 theaters, and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris unspools in Los Angeles and New York.

1. Thor — $34.5 mil
2. Bridesmaids — $24.4 mil
3. Fast Five — $19.5 mil
4. Priest — $14.5 mil
5. Rio — $8.0 mil

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  • Helen

    They should utilise the 34 villains and 16 allies listed on Wikipedia that weren’t in Thor (2011) in future sequels.

    • Tony

      “I NEED A HORSE!!”

      • Darcy

        Whoa. Does he need CPR? Because I totally know CPR.

      • Liz Lemon

        I love part when he goes in the pet shop and the owner is like all we have is puppies and kittens and Thor is like, “Well give me one of them that’s big enough to ride on.”
        LMFAO. Great humor in this movie.

      • Alyssa

        I liked the S.H.E.I.L.D dudes on the roof when they said ” Ah..we have Xena,Jackie Chan and Robin Hood here”.

      • lover

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        ~~ Most of them have interesting casts.
        It would have been interesting to see how smaller films for the leads would do commercial

      • The Man

        I knew EW was full of crap when they said based on Friday Thor it would drop off 65% this weekend. You can’t look at friday and expect Saturday to be weak when kids are still in school. Idiots.

      • @The Man

        Considering how steep many recent superhero films have dropped off, why is so stupid to think “Thor” might do the same? Someone is making a major mountain of a molehill.

      • Lyn

        This drink… I like it! Bring me another! ::SMASH::

    • ****

      ENCHANTRESS!!! HELA!!!

  • Lydia Roberts

    It is unfortunate that Everything Must Go, Skateland, The High Cost of Living, Brother’s Justice, The Big Bang and Hesher are only being released in select cities and that we won’t find out how they would have done commercially if released nationwide. Most of them have interesting casts.

    It would have been interesting to see how smaller films for the leads would do commercially.

    • Matt1

      Seriously, stop copy & pasting the same thing on every websites comment section. It shows zero creativity.

    • sf781

      Thanks, Matt. Whoever that cow Lydia is needs to take her latte-swigging garbage somewhere else.

      • Mark Jeffries

        Must be proud to be a sexist pig, wingnut teabagger moron. What’s your opinion of African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, Jews, gays and lesbians–as if we didn’t already know? And how big is your shrine to your idol Adolf Hitler?

  • America Loves Crap

    Hopefully “Bridesmaids” has killed the “chick flick” once and for all. Wiig and Apatow FTW!

    • Adwina Lambert

      nope. this yuck flick just won because menopausal women only wanted to see Jon Hamm, nothing more!! in other words – a fluke!! tee-hee

      • J

        @Adwina Lambert Wow you sound like a moron. Anyways, I agree that hopefully “chick flicks” will be less common in theaters, at least cliche-filled, forgettable ones (which almost all of them are).

      • Lauren

        You are crazy, this is not a chick flick. Did you even see the movie, Adwina? It killed, it was very funny and very sweet. It was 40-year-old virgin funny and it was well-written. School’s out, hope you learned something!

    • Liz Lemon

      It’s not a chick flick. It’s a raunchy comedy with a predominantly female cast. GET IT RIGHT! I’m so sick of all these sexists. Just because it has females and is about a wedding, does not make it a chick flick.

      • Ghost of Pia

        “America Loves Crap” is not calling Bridesmaids a chick flick. Learn to read. That poster is hoping that Bridesmaids has killed the insipid Kate Hudson-style chick flick.

      • Liz Lemon

        I don’t get sarcasm.

      • Liz Lemon

        Oh….Well thanks for pointing that out. I stopped at “once and for all.” I didn’t see the ending. Oops.
        My comment still stands though. I can’t stand sexists!

      • Will

        I define chick flick as a romantic comedy, this definitely was not a romantic comedy. Sure there was a relationship element, but it wasn’t the main focus. I laughed so hard, my stomach was in knots by the end of it. Incredibly funny comedy gold.

    • Musica1

      I love a good chick flick. I also love action and fantasy and horror movies. I chose to see Thor and Priest instead of Bridesmaids because what I don’t like are raunchy guy flicks. Bridesmaids is just a guy movie with a female cast.

  • Nick T

    I will be seeing Bridesmaids. Not Thor.

    • Gaige

      This made me laugh.. please PLEASE do not throw your money away on a film such as bridesmaids.. it’s basically Bride Wars lite.. a whole lot less offensive. But still total crap. Thor looks awful from the advertising.. but it is actually a really fun movie.

      • Emma

        I saw Bridesmaids and loved it. It is nothing like Bride Wars which was as a offensive to women as it was to the general viewing public.

      • Ghost of Pia

        Gaige is fulla crap.

      • Trixie

        I concur, Gaige is fulla crap!

      • Gaige

        I agree. Gaige is full of crap. I chose my words badly. REALLY badly. Bridesmaids was not total crap. There were many things in it that would make anyone laugh. It’s an enjoyable film. There were a few moments that kind of took me out of the film.. but it is enjoyable. While Bride Wars just was very degrading towards women on every level.

      • Dani

        Thor is a live action disney movie with mediocre acting and a bad script. The only good parts are the fight scenes. So Nick T, don’t waste your money on that movie either.

  • Adwina Lambert

    We want more of the shirtless Chris H. please!! tee-hee! we don’t want any 40ish hags on the big screen tee-hee!

    • J

      GO AWAY. What a useless/idiotic/offensive comment. You’re probably a hag yourself, and if not there’s no way you’re better looking than Rose Byrne.

    • J

      I love hunky men and despise that fat ho in that wedding movie.

    • Liz Lemon

      OMG. “40ish hags”…your mother must hate you. People like you are the reason there are hardly any meaty roles for actresses over the age of 30 in this stupid industry.

      • Liz Lemon

        P.S. I’m a 40ish hag but that’s not the point.

    • Dave

      If Rose Byrne is a hag, then I’d like to marry a hag.

  • LOL

    Nice to see that America is quickly tiring of Fast Five. What garbage.

    • Tony

      ^ Normally i ignore this Troll’s comments, but If Pirates 4 makes more than 70 mil next weekend, LOL finally proved a point..

      • America Loves Crap

        There is no reason for anyone to see Fast Five, Pirates 4, Thor or Hangover 2. It’s all crap.

      • LOL

        I actually loved Fast Five and it was mainly to see all those hunks sweating on the screen. Trust me when I got home I dreamt myself into a sticky mess thinking about Vin Disel and Paul Wlaker. Yummy!

      • Alyssa

        @America Loves Crap, Pirates is fun, Thor was great and critically praised- I personally dont care for the ” Fast ” franchise or the hangover movies but thats me, saying we love crap is childish thing to say. Its all personal opinion.

    • Dave

      America is tiring of it? Really? Seeing as how it’s the franchise’s top grossing movie, it seems people are just digging these movies more than ever before.

      • LOL

        I’m sorry I made such a snap judgement on the movie. I did like it. I want Paul Walker all over me. I’ve already pre ordered it on Amazon so I can wear out that rewind button during the sexiest of Vin Disel scenes. Oh how I loved those hunks!

    • Joel

      What is it with your hard on for disliking Fast Five? I’m not defending the movie. I have yet to see it. However, based on what I’ve read and who I’ve talked to, I want to. I’m just curious as to why we have to read your repetitious comments every week.

      • LOL

        It’s my way of coping with my impure feelings about all the hunks in the movie. I want to dislike it because I’m a straight male but the horny in me wants to bump and grind the screen when The Rock appears. I’m really sorry. I’ll be fine once it’s released on DVD and I can make nasty to the movie in the privacy of my home.

      • Ghost of Pia

        The way the 2nd LOL is trolling the first LOL you can tell one thing: The 2nd LOL likes men. A lot. And he’s troubled that everyone doesn’t like them as much.

      • LOL

        Thanks. I’m glad someone else noticed that. Why can’t they just leave me alone. They making me look gay when I’m not. I hate gay people so of course I can’t be gay.

    • Liz Lemon

      Quickly? It still made almost 20 million in it’s third week of release. I think you are very much mistaken.

    • Dani

      Fast Five is a fun and awesome movie, and it has earned more money than Thor. Thor sucks. Period.

  • scorpio9094

    I can’t believe Thor is making this much money. It looks like a crapfest. I wouldn’t see it if someone else paid for the ticket.

    • Gaige

      Man, before I saw it I was on the same page as you.. total crapfest.. but I saw it and wow.. it was a lot of fun. This isn’t meant to persuade you, but I’m just sayin’. lol.

    • Korey

      Sometimes you can be surprised when you actually see a movie rather than base an opinion on a two minute trailer.

    • Bren

      I agree. The only reason I went to see it was because I was curious to check out how Kenneth Branagh would do directing a superhero film. I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised. It was funny with just enough serious moments to balance it out. It was really more a “fish out of water” than the usual “I’m a superhero with all kinds of internal angst” movie and that made it a refreshing change of pace. I don’t know if I would say it was better than the first Iron Man or the Nolan Batman movies, but it was certainly better than a lot of other ones I’ve seen in recent years. Plus, it actually got me excited about the upcoming Avengers movie, which I had been feeling kind of ambivalent about before now.

    • Ruby

      Dude, see the movie before you judge it. Thor is actually really good. I think it has something for everyone (young and old, male or female).

    • Dani

      I don’t understand it either. I’ve seen it, and believe me, IT IS A TOTAL CRAPFEST.

  • Mikey

    Whoever in Sony Land Thought that Preist should be a Summer Release should be Fired ASAP!

    • Tony

      You actually saw that movie???

  • Mikey

    Of course not, i just thought it was a Dumb move to ever make that a Summer release, Should be a first January release.

  • Matt1

    Am I the only person who thought Thor was just ‘not bad’?

    • smith

      I’m with you. I thought Thor would suck but it was actually serviceable. I certainly didn’t go in with any expectations so I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it.

  • Adwina Lambert

    With women representing 67 percent of the audience, Bridesmaids also proved that there’s a market for a raunchy R-rated comedy featuring a female ensemble. Audiences generally liked the movie, with CinemaScore graders handing it a “B+” rating. Of particular note: Six percent of the graders listed “male actor in lead role” as their reason for attending the movie. There is no lead male actor in Bridesmaids, but judging by the “A” rating this audience segment gave the film, we can assume they meant Jon Hamm’s steamy supporting role. –> there you go. Jon Hamm is the reason, so don’t fool yourself by saying that this is a winner because of the female leads! tee-hee

    • Dave

      Uhh, you do realize is says that only 6 percent listed Jon Hamm as the reason. 6 percent is not exactly a majority, moron.

    • Channing

      And the movie does have a male lead in Chris O’Dowd. (I didn’t realize until later that it was Roy from ‘The IT Crowd.’)

  • m1

    I think Pirates will hit $80 million next weekend (I still don’t know whether or not I plan to see it). It will also be interesting to see how Midnight in Paris does in limited release.

    • Liz Lemon

      I’m definitely seeing Pirates.

    • Alyssa

      I dont care what critics say, never have never will. Pirates of the C. is a fun franchise and this looks even better without Will and Eilzabeth. So I will be seeing it, plus I love MERMAIDS!

  • smith

    Bridesmaids was unfunny garbage (just in my opinion, YMMV) but it serves a segment of the public that rarely gets movies made for them.

    Let’s be honest, how many female-dominated comedies are out there? I saw it because I thought it would be funny and there are very rarely comedies out there for women. It’s why Madea movies make so much money even though the movies are terrible – because African-American audiences are grossly underserved and there are rarely African-American dominated casts in movies nowadays.

    The sad thing is that the success of Bridesmaids is going to spawn a truckload of bottom-feeding impersonators that will be even worse and more gross-out than Bridesmaids.

    • Will

      First of all bridesmaids was hilarious, so I don’t know what you were watching. And second there are probably more African American dominated movies than there has been in recent years. I think of jumping the broom and the new madea movie. Both within the last month. Also Maya Rudolph is half african American, so you’re argument is invalid

      • smith

        First off, I’m allowed to like or dislike a movie. That’s why I said it was MY opinion douchebag. You liked it, I didn’t. Show me where it states that I am required to like a movie you like. Let your dull, slow-witted mind compute that. Capice?

        Who cares that Maya Rudolph is half African-American. Is the Bridesmaids cast all African-American? No, so your point is gibberish. You should read the full post before you comment on it.

        Got it? Good.

      • Will

        You know what, you’re right, you are entitled to your opinion. But here is something my slow-witted mind did pick up about your rant (notice I didn’t name call in my post, oh you didn’t, bless your heart). From what it sounds like, you didn’t like it because there were too many white people in it. Also lets recap your so-called opinion of the movie. You said it was “unfunny garbage”…that’s not an opinion, that’s an accusation. If you look at rotten tomatoes, it’s certified fresh, and those are the statistics my dear. You could have said you didn’t like it (that’s an opinion, see the difference yet?) but you didn’t.

  • Juan Carlos

    THOR was better than I thought it would be. In fact, I thought it was excellent.

  • Dave

    You all need to move out of your mothers basement, get a life and stop posting such moronic comments.

    • Will

      Says the troll who just posted a moronic comment.

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