In a world where the third entry in a film series is supposed to deliver lesser returns, the latest Marvel Studios epic has bucked the trend, and delivered and outstanding debut. Here’s what went down:
Thor: Ragnarok arrived in theaters this weekend with a thunderous slam dunk, bringing in an estimated $121 million. That’s significantly more than 2011’s Thor ($65 million) and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World ($85 million) delivered on their respective opening weekends. Having Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk certainly helped out, but director Taika Waititi’s humours tone definitely put the film on a unique path that other Marvel movies haven’t taken.
I had the chance to see the film last night, and thoroughly enjoyed it. All the performances were outstanding, with standout Chris Hemsworth delivering Thor with a mix of buffoonery and bravery. A lot of the laughs come at the character’s expense, but he’s never a humiliating butt of a joke. Shit just happens to him, and the God of Thunder has to roll with the punches. Epic, funny and touching, Thor: Ragnarok delivers, and audience turned out in force to support it.
As for the rest of the top five, A Bad Moms Christmas brought in $17.1 million. It was followed in third place by Jigsaw with an estimated $6.5 million. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween was in fourth place with $4.65, while Geostorm closed things out in fifth place with $3 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Thor: Ragnarok – $125 million
2) A Bad Moms Christmas – $20 million
3) Geostorm – $4 million
4) Jigsaw – $3.5 million
5) Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – $3 million
And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:
1) Thor: Ragnarok – $121 million
2) A Bad Moms Christmas – $17.1 million
3) Jigsaw – $6.5 million
4) Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – $4.65 million
5) Geostorm – $3 million
Next weekend sees the release of Daddy’s Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our prediction!