Thor Sequel Scores $86M Opening Weekend

Marvel and Disney’s “Thor: The Dark World” brought the box-office home this weekend with an $86.1 million domestic launch, more than $20 million over the opening of the first “Thor” film.

Still, that mighty sum is not the record breaker some had hoped for, the film failing to crack the $88.4 million opening of “Skyfall” in that slot last year. Still, it managed to increase its haul on Saturday over Friday ($31.7M vs. $31.6M), not something that happens often with fanboy films.

So far, ‘The Dark World’ has managed a very healthy haul of $327 million in worldwide ticket sales, currently it’s sitting at 90% more than where the original title was at the same time in its release. It’s also going strong in IMAX with $11 million in ticket sales.

“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” held second place with $11.3 million for its third weekend. “Free Birds” and “Last Vegas” dropped around 30% each in their second weekends, both earning just over $11.1 million. Last week’s top earner “Ender’s Game” plunged 62% to fifth with $10.3 million, effectively ending any chance of a sequel.

Steve McQueen’s awards darling “12 Years a Slave” nearly tripled its screen count to 1,144 and is now sitting in seventh with $6.6 million for the weekend. Richard Curtis’ romantic time travel tale “About Time” opened on a similar number of screens and came in ninth with $5.2 million.

Only one film made an impact in limited release – the Geoffrey Rush drama “The Book Thief” which scored a $27,000 screen average from four screens.

Source: Box-Office Mojo