As expected, last week’s number one held off its challengers. However, both new films in release still performed strongly. Here’s what went down:
Thor: Raganarok remained in the top spot at the box office, bringing in an impressive $56.1 million. Its already grossed more in North American than the first Thor film, and is days away from passing Thor: The Dark World’s take as well. By the time it finishes its domestic run, Thor: Raganarok should be the first film featuring the God of Thunder to break $300 million.
Debuting in second place was Daddy’s Home 2 with a very solid $30 million. Audiences have been enjoying the comedy, even though critics received it poorly. Putting Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg together again was certainly key in turn-out, as was the PG-13 rating that allowed the film to be a family experience.
Right behind Daddy’s Home 2 in third place Murder on the Orient Express with $28.2 million. This is a solid showing as well, especially considering that, while Agatha Christie and the title itself are well known to audiences, this is film that skews towards adults and isn’t a part of any franchise. The names attached (Kenneth Branaugh, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley) definitely helped raise awareness, while the appeal of a big murder mystery didn’t hurt either.
As for the rest of the top five, A Bad Moms Christmas was in fourth place with $11.5 million, while Jigsaw closed things out in fifth place with $3.4 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Thor: Ragnarok -$61 million
2) Murder on the Orient Express – $24 million
3) Daddy’s Home 2 – $22 million
4) A Bad Moms Christmas – $8 million
5) Geostorm – $2.5 million
And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:
1) Thor: Ragnarok -$56.1 million
2) Daddy’s Home 2 – $30 million
3) Murder on the Orient Express – $28.2 million
4) A Bad Moms Christmas – $11.5 million
5) Jigsaw – $3.5 million
Next weekend sees the release of Justice League. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!