Box Office: Thor and the Bad Moms Kick Off November
Thor: Ragnarok continued Marvel’s insane box office track record with one of theirs — and November’s — biggest openings. Meanwhile, $100 million away are Mila Kunis and her naughty friends with A Bad Moms Christmas, which opened in the same ballpark as the original.
Thor 3 opened to an estimated $121.0 million, which is the 7th best opening for the Marvel franchise. Thor even came in just above Spider-Man: Homecoming ($117.0m). Imagine the looks you’ll get in Tobey Maguire’s days if you said a Thor movie would open above Spidey. Now imagine a few months ago if you said the R-rated clown movie would beat both.
Ragnarok’s success proves the Marvel brand is miraculously still growing. Thor 3’s opening is about 41% greater than Thor 2 from 2013. In that time, Thor was only seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that movie grossed over $1.4 billion in 2015. Marvel gets another joy today, since they’re apparently the first production studio to have three $100 million openings in one year, according to The Wrap. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 beat both with an opening of $146.5 million. Imagine the looks you’ll get…
The opening for Ragnarok is also 7th best for the month of November behind Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 ($121.8m). Add in foreign revenues and Thor: Ragnarok already has $427.0 million to its name. For the record, the original Thor tapped out at $449.3 million in 2011.
Ragnarok is currently the 16th highest-grossing movie of 2017. While next weekend is fine, thunder and lightning will hit Thor in two weeks when Justice League opens.
A Bad Moms Christmas came in behind Thor with an opening of $17.0 million. That may be 28% below the original, but that number should be softened a bit since the sequel opened on a Wednesday. And with a budget about as big as the opening, the $28 million Bad Moms 2 should come in the clear. Next week, Daddy’s Home 2 provides comedy competition and Murder on the Orient Express will attract some adult crowds.
The rest of the box office was a slaughter as just about every holdover in the top ten dropped at least 40%.
Jigsaw took a 59.7% plunge from its opening weekend, which is one of the better holdovers for this series. The film’s $6.7 million outing this weekend puts the domestic total at $28.8 million. Only 2009’s Saw VI has performed this low for the series at the 10-day mark.
The new film costs $10 million and has grossed over $59.5 million when factoring in foreign markets. You wouldn’t greenlight a ninth one of these?
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween added $4.6 million in week three. The movie is pacing about 34% below its predecessor domestically, and has only pulled in a total of $43.3 million on a budget of $25 million. Meanwhile, Geostorm took in $3.0 million. The disaster of a disaster movie has now made $182.3 million towards its $120 million budget.
Thank You For Your Service served up $2.2 million in its second weekend. Its 40.8% drop is just about the best of the holdovers in the top ten, but there’s still limited attention for this movie with only $7.3 million total domestic. The Miles Teller drama from the writer of American Sniper cost $20 million. Teller’s other wide release, Only the Brave, is also faring poorly with a $1.9 million third weekend. The firefighter drama has grossed $16.4 million worldwide on a $38 million budget.
But where is Suburbicon, the Matt Damon thing from director George Clooney that opened last week? That thriller pulled in a $1.1 million second weekend for a 13th place finish. There is $5.0 million domestically so far for this one.
Next weekend sees the wide release of Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2 and Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express.
All box office information is estimated as of Sunday night and comes courtesy of Box Office Mojo.