'Thor: Ragnarok' cruises to another box office win while 'Orient Express' and 'Daddy's Home 2' have a 2nd place photo finish

Valkyrie thor ragnarokMarvel‘Thor: Ragnarok.’
  • “Thor: Ragnarok” easily wins the box office for a second-straight week with $US57 million.
  • The Disney/Marvel movie now has a global gross of over $US600 million.
  • “Daddy’s Home 2” edges out “Murder on the Orient Express” to take second place.
  • “Bad Mums Christmas” has the strongest second weekend hold of any comedy this year with only a 31% drop from its opening weekend.

Disney/Marvel’s latest hit “Thor: Ragnarok” had no trouble winning the domestic box office for a second-straight weekend as it took in an estimated $US57 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter, to bring its North American total to $US209 million and over $US600 million globally.

But it was the title that took second place that was interesting to watch over the weekend.

It came down to two titles that overachieved: 20th Century Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express” and Paramount Picture’s “Daddy’s Home 2.”

Both came in with low scores on Rotten Tomatoes (58% for “Orient Express” and 16% for “Daddy’s Home 2”) but that didn’t seem to matter as the movies, both playing on over 3,000 screens, have had almost identical figures going into Sunday.

“Orient Express,” the latest movie version of the Agatha Christie murder mystery novel that includes an all-star cast (Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kenneth Branagh, who also directed the movie) took in $US10.7 million on Friday (including $US1.6 million in Thursday previews).

Daddy's home 2Paramount Pictures‘Daddy’s Home 2.’

While “Daddy’s Home 2,” the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy that brought on John Lithgow and Mel Gibson for the sequel, earned $US10.9 million ($US1.5 million in previews).

“Daddy’s Home” edged out “Orient Express” to take second place this weekend with a $US30 million total versus $US28.2 million, respectably.

However, both exceeded industry projections, which is puzzling seeing “Orient Express” catered to the 30+ crowd and “Daddy’s Home 2” is a sequel to a somewhat forgettable original. But it looks like the star power in both titles helped get people to the theatre.

Both titles should find more coin as they head into the Thanksgiving holiday.

Around the top 10 this weekend, STX Films’ “Bad Mums Christmas” had a very strong second weekend, only dropping 31% (strongest second weekend hold of any comedy this year) with a $US11.5 million take. And A24’s “Lady Bird” looks to have the potential of being a big earner. Expanding to 37 screens this weekend, it had a $US33,000 per-screen average taking in $US1.2 million.

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