Chris Hemsworth as Thor in the new film 'The: The Dark World'. Photo Credit: Marvel

‘Thor’ hammers his way to the top of the Box Office


It is no surprise that the Marvel Entertainment blockbuster Thor: The Dark World was able to hammer itself to the top of the box office this weekend.

The film, directed by Alan Taylor, earned of $85.7 million this weekend alone, with global numbers being around $327 million. Yes…Thor: The Dark World has already surpassed $327 million in worldwide ticket sales.

I think it is safe to say that it has earned back its $170 million budget.

The sequel is well out-performing its predecessor. The original Thor film debuted at $65.7 million domestically when it debuted in May of 2011, and grossed a total of $449.3 million globally. There is no doubt that the sequel will have those numbers beat by next weekend.

Barring any unforeseen miracles, Thor should have no issues holding on to the top spot next week. With the exception of Malcolm D. Lee’s Best Man Holiday, there is nothing scheduled for release with the same push as the Marvel blockbuster. Next week, on the other hand, is a different story. The week of November 22nd will be a battle for the top spot as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, based on the second novel in The Hunger Games series written by Suzanne Collins.

Just behind the God of Thunder at the box office this week was Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, who has held onto the second place spot for two weeks in a row. The tale of 86 year old Irving Zisman, played by Johnny Knoxville, and his grandson Billy brought in just over $11.3 million this weekend.

Free Birds, the animated film directed by Jimmy Hayward is up a position from last week rounding out the third spot with $11.1 million this weekend. The film surrounds two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who travel back in time to change the course of history, forever taking turkey off the menu.

Last Vegas traded places with Free Birds this week, came in at $11 million. The film follows three sixty-something friends as they travel to Las Vegas to throw a bachelor party for the last single friend. The film is packed with star power. It stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline.

Ender’s Game, which debuted in the number one spot last week, has fallen all the way to fifth place with a weekend total of $10.3 million. The film was eyed to become the next YA franchise to make it big. The only problem is, the film drew more from the adult crowd  than the YA crowd. After two weeks in circulation, it has grossed a total of $44 million.

Here is a look at the remainder of the Box Office Numbers from this holiday weekend thanks to IMDb.com and Box Office Mojo.

Title Weekend Gross Weeks
1 Thor: The Dark World $85.7 million $85.7 million 1
2 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa $11.3 million $78.8 million 3
3 Free Birds $11.1 million $30.1 million 2
4 Last Vegas $11 million $33.5 million 2
5 Ender’s Game $10.3 million $44 million 2
6 Gravity $8.54 million $231 million 6
7 12 Years A Slave $6.68 million $17.4 million 4
8 Captain Phillips $5.71 million $90.9 million 5
9 About Time $4.76 million $6.28 million 2
10 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $2.78 million $110 million 7

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