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Box Office: ‘Thor 2’ Marvels With $479.8M Total Worldwide; ‘Best Man Holiday’ Rings In 2nd W/ $30.6M

Box Office: 'Thor 2' Marvels With $479.8M Total Worldwide; 'Best Man Holiday' Rings In 2nd W/ $30.6M

In its second weekend, “Thor: The Dark World” held onto the top spot with $38.4 million. Domestically, the movie is nearing the $150 million mark with a running total of $147 million. Internationally, it’s already crossed the $450 million mark, with a running total of $479.8 million, and has surpassed the entire theatrical run of its predecessor, “Thor,” which made $449.3 million. In spite of possible bad word-of-mouth, once people actually saw it (our own review called it “the most deeply flawed Marvel movie since ‘Iron Man 2 “), ‘Thor 2’ suffered only a 55% drop in its second weekend (compared to the 58% drop “Iron Man 3” felt from opening to second weekend). With these numbers, it looks like it will be on the leader board for the next few weeks and continue to make a near-ridiculous amount of money, though nothing of ‘Iron Man’ proportions. With “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” coming out next weekend, this will be its last weekend at number one, but Marvel will be laughing maniacally all the way to the bank and continue with their next project of the same formula (an Avenger-starring post-“The Avengers” sequel, “darker” title, we’ll all end up calling it ‘Blah-blah 2’), “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” coming our way April 2014.

Playing in roughly half the amount of theaters, but making nearly the same amount without “The Avengers” bump, “Best Man Holiday” opened with $30.6 million, already making back its $17 million budget and then some. The sequel to Malcolm D. Lee‘s 1999 sleeper hit “Best Man,” the holiday-themed romantic comedy averaged an astonishing $15,115 per theater. Starring an ensemble including Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Regina Hall and more, the film (check out our review here) was the fifth R-rated comedy to open above $30 million this year, and the first without an all-white cast. It’s the second biggest opening of Terrence Howard’s career (after “Iron Man” and its $98.6 million) and the fifth of Regina Hall’s (after last year’s similarly themed and similarly successful—$33.6 million—”Think Like A Man” and three ‘Scary Movie’ installments—”Scary Movie 4,” “Scary Movie,” and “Scary Movie 3“). Marking the first big live-action holiday film this season, “Best Man Holiday” had the fourth highest grossing opening of a “Christmas” movie of all time (not adjusting for inflation). With its holiday theme and an audience who was 75% women and 87% African American, the film’s main competition will be “Black Nativity,” opening on November 27th.

Bumped up a spot to third, “Last Vegas” made $8.9 million, suffering the steepest percentage drop in the top ten (-19.8%) and nearing the $50 million mark with a running domestic total of $47 million. Bumped down a spot to fourth, “Free Birds” flew off with $8.3 million and a running total of $42.2 million while “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” was bumped down further from second to fifth with $7.7 million and a running total of $90.2 million. “Gravity” stayed in equilibrium, or sixth, with $6.3 million for the weekend and $240.6 million for a domestic total, making it the sixth-highest grossing film of 2013. Slipping two spots, “Ender’s Game” hasn’t met its end quite yet in seventh with $6.2 million, crossing the domestic $50 million mark with a running total of $53.8 million. In eighth, “12 Years A Slave” made $4.7 million and is only $51,000 away from the $25 million mark. “Captain Phillips” swam in at ninth with $4.5 million and “About Time” clocked in at tenth with $3.5 million.

1 Thor: The Dark World – BV $38,454,000

2 The Best Man Holiday – Uni. $30,593,000
3 Last Vegas – CBS $8,850,000
4 Free Birds – Rela. $8,300,000
5 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – Par. $7,670,000
6 Gravity – WB $6,280,000
7 Ender’s Game – LG/S $6,200,000
8 12 Years a Slave – FoxS $4,700,000
9 Captain Phillips – Sony $4,500,000
10 About Time – Uni. $3,462,000

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