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Thor Has a Thunderous Debut!

Source: erc BoxOffice , Edward Douglas
May 8, 2011

The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

The summer movie season continues to make up for a weak first quarter of the year as Marvel Studios' fourth feature film Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgard, exploded into North American theaters with $66 million its opening weekend in just under 4,000 theaters. It averaged roughly $16.8k per site, while taking its place as the year's second-biggest opening. IMAX reports that $6.6 million, almost exactly 10% of the box office, came from the 213 IMAX venues in which the movie opened on Friday. Internationally, the movie has been an enormous hit, amassing $176 million since its staggered opening two weeks ago for a worldwide total of $242 million.

Last week's blockbuster hit Fast Five (Universal) with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster et al dropped 62% in its sophomore weekend, taking second place with $32.5 million. It has grossed nearly $140 million domestically, while it remained #1 across the globe by bringing in $86.6 million internationally where it opened in 44 new markets--Universal's biggest weekend for a worldwide release--bringing its global total to $325 million.

Third place was a close race between the weekend's two movies targeted towards women (and presumably mothers, being that Sunday is Mother's Day), but Sony/TriStar's ensemble wedding comedy Jumping the Broom, starring Paula Patton, Angela Bassettt, Loretta Devine, Laz Alonso, Mike Epps and more, edged out Warner Bros.' rom-com Something Borrowed, starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson and Jon Krasinski. Directed by Salim Akil (BET's "The Game"), Jumping the Broom defied the odds of its modest opening in just 2,035 theaters to bring in an estimated $13.7 million, roughly $6.7k per site, while the heavily-marketed Alcon-produced rom-com directed by Luke Greenfield is estimated to make $13.1 million in roughly 900 more theaters.

Previously the biggest hit of the year so far, 20th Century Fox's animated comedy Rio dropped to fifth place with $8.2 million and a $115 million domestic gross.

20th Century Fox's romantic drama Water for Elephants, starring Reese Witherspoon and Rob Pattinson, pulled ahead of Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family (Lionsgate) in their third weekend together. Water for Elephants brought in $5.6 million for sixth place with $41.6 million total; Tyler Perry took another tumble, dropping 61% to $3.9 million and $46.8 million total. It may still pass I Can Do Bad All By Myself to become Perry's fifth highest-grossing film but it's still a disappointing showing compared to the other Madea films.

Disney's teen comedy Prom dropped to eighth with $2.4 million, followed by the FilmDistrict drama Soul Surfer with $2.1 million and $36.7 million total.

The Top 10 grossed roughly $150 million, down roughly 11% from the May opening weekend last year, not too surprising since the #1 movie last year, Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 (Marvel/Paramount) grossed $128 million all by its lonesome.

Opening on Friday in 259 theaters, Roland Joffe's There Be Dragons (Samuel Goldwyn Films), a biopic about the founder of Opus Dei, brought in $689 thousand or $2.6k per site to take 16th place.

Also in limited release, Jodie Foster's drama The Beaver (Summit), starring Mel Gibson, Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence, took in just $104 thousand in 22 theaters, an average of $4.7k per venue. Summit plans on expanding this wider in the coming weeks but who knows if they can open it nationwide as planned with that weak an opening.

The ensemble drama Last Night (Tribeca Films), starring Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington, opened meekly with $32 thousand in 10 theaters, while Mitch Glazer's Passion Play (Image Entertainment) starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Bill Murray, tanked with just $2 thousand in two theaters in New York and L.A. At least it was able to get some sort of theatrical release, right?

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.





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