'Thor: The Dark World' bashes box office with $86M

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Superheroes continue to defeat their foes at the box office.

Disney's "Thor: The Dark World," earning $86.1 million, dominated the weekend box office as it opened domestically at No. 1, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, the Marvel superhero sequel earned $109.4 million when it opened internationally last weekend and brought in $180.1 million globally. Overall, it has grossed $327 million worldwide.

In limited theaters Thursday evening, "Thor: The Dark World" brought in $7.1 million overnight.

Surpassing the ticket sales of "Thor," which scored $65.7 million when it opened in May of 2011, "Thor: The Dark World" marks a record for a Disney November opening, topping the $70.5 million "The Incredibles" earned in 2004.

Paramount hidden-camera comedy "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" held the second-place slot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, earning $11.3 million during its third weekend, with a domestic total reaching more than $78 million.

Relativity Media's 3-D animated kiddie flick "Free Birds," soared into third place with $11.1 million in its second weekend.

CBS Films' "Last Vegas," featuring an all-star cast including Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, took fourth place in its second weekend.

Last weekend's box office champ, the sci-fi "Ender's Game," starring Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield and Viola Davis, dropped to fifth place in its second weekend.

Expanding to 1,144 theaters in its fourth week, possible Oscar contender "12 Years a Slave" brought in an impressive $6.6 million over the weekend at No. 7.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Thor: The Dark World," $86.1 million.

2. "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," $11.3 million.

3. "Free Birds," $11.1 million.

4. "Last Vegas," $11.1 million.

5. "Ender's Game," $10.2 million.

6. "Gravity," $8.4 million.

7. "12 Years a Slave," $6.6 million.

8. "Captain Phillips," $5.8 million.

9. "About Time," $5.1 million.

10. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," $2.8 million.


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