Thor: Ragnarok dominates globally with another $133 million
Marvel Studios‘ Thor: Ragnarok dominated globally this weekend with another $133 million, taking its global total to $650.1 million already. Domestically, the third installment easily kept the top spot with $56.6 million, for a total of $211.6 million after two weekends. Internationally, the sequel is now playing in all markets and added $75.9 million, to push its overseas total to $438.5 million. Globally, the total to date has already exceeded the lifetime box office grosses of both Thor ($449.3 million) and Thor: The Dark World ($645 million). The international highlights include: China ($95.2M); UK ($34.1M); Korea ($31.0M); Brazil ($24.4M); Australia ($20.4M); France ($17.7M); Mexico ($16.9M); Russia ($16.5M); Germany ($13.3M); Indonesia ($11.2M); India ($9.8M); Italy ($9.6M); Taiwan ($9.4M); Spain ($8.9M); Philippines ($7.8M); Malaysia ($7.1M); and Japan ($7.0M). Made for $180 million, Taika Waititi-directed Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.
Opening in second place in North America with an estimated $30 million was the Paramount Pictures sequel Daddy’s Home 2, directed by Sean Anders and starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow, and Mel Gibson. The sequel, produced for $69 million, played in 3,575 theaters where it averaged $8,392 per location. The first film opened to $38.7 million over Christmas in 2015 and went on to earn $150.4 million domestically and $92.4 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $242.8 million.
Arriving in the third spot was Murder on the Orient Express (20th Century Fox) with $28.2 million from 3,341 theaters, an average of $8,441 per site. Internationally, the film earned $45.8 million from 57 markets ($19 million from China) and has collected $57.2 million for a worldwide total of $85.4 million. Made for $55 million and directed by Kenneth Branagh, the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel features a large ensemble cast that includes Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Judi Dench, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, Lucy Boynton, Sir Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Sergei Polunin, and Willem Dafoe.
STXfilms’ A Bad Moms Christmas dropped two spots to fourth place but only 31.3% in ticket sales with $11.5 million. The sequel has earned $39.9 million domestically in two weeks. Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the sequel stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon. It was made for $28 million.
Rounding out the top five was Lionsgate’s Jigsaw, which earned $3.4 million its third weekend and has made $34.3 million so far. Internationally, Jigsaw added $8.6 million from 73 markets, bringing the overseas total to $44.7 million and global total to $79 million. Made for $10 million, Jigsaw was directed by Peter and Michael Spierig. The film stars Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Clé Bennett, Hannah Emily Anderson, Laura Vandervoort, Mandela Van Peebles, Paul Braunstein, Brittany Allen, and Josiah Black.
Also opening in limited release was Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which grossed an impressive $320,000 from just four theaters, an average of $80,000 per theater. The film stars Francis McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges, Zeljko Ivanek, Caleb Landry Jones, Clarke Peters, Samantha Weaving, John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage.