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THOR Takes Down Second Win

The Marvel superhero crosses $100 million mark.

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 15, 2011

Paramount and Marvel's THOR wins again in second weekend.
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With Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studio’s Thor entering its second domestic weekend of release in a thousand more venues then any of the incoming debuts (Priest, Bridesmaids), there was never a question of who would win this box office report. The only true question was how much the superhero would take down in its second frame. How much would it drop off after hammering out an impressive $65.7 million last weekend?
We now have that answer the estimates placing its weekend numbers at $34.5 million in coin, a decent sophomoric effort with only a 47% drop in attendance. The latest numbers increased its domestic value to $119.2 million in sales after 10 days of release and has convinced many experts that it will strike the $200 million range before the end of its theatrical run. With Thor also finishing in 2nd place in the overseas battle by taking down another $27.5 million in 60 foreign markets, the studio has a foreign gross of $225 million. Add the two markets together and they have a global cume of $344.5 million after its first two weekends of mass release.
Following in 2nd place is Universal Pictures’ comedy Bridesmaids, which laughed up $24.6 million in its debut frame. It’s yet another successful partnership between the studio and producer Judd Apatow, taking down the best opening since 2008’s Step Brothers ($30.9 mil) and the best R-rated debut for any comedy since last year’s Due Date ($32.6 mil). Taking full advantage of being one of the only female-focused releases of the early summer line-up, the studio announced its audience was 67% female, with 63% being over the age of 30. The budget for the comedy is only $32.5 million so they should be crossing the profit lines by next weekend.
The 3rd spot goes to the film which is blowing away all expectations this May. Not only did Universal’s Fast Five take down another $19.5 million here in the states in its third frame, the action flick also won the international race once again by rolling up another $58 million from 8,800 locations in 61 territories. The latest numbers has its domestic at $168.7 million and the foreign at $271.7 million.
It’s hard to imagine a fifth installment of any action franchise owning $440.4 million in global receipts after just three weekends but we have it here with the rejuvenated Universal property. It goes without saying that the latest few days has made it the most successful in the franchise.
Next up is Sony Screen Gems’ 3D horror tale, Priest. The Paul Bettany-led vampire film---an adaptation of the graphic novel by the same name---found $14.5 million on 2,864 venues across the nation. It’s not technically a summer tent pole as it didn’t quite make it into the 3,000+ range but with the screens that it did have, it averaged a decent $5,063 per showing.
As with most Screen Gems ventures, the producers kept its budget relatively low to the price tag of only $60 million. The horror tale is also pulling in decent numbers overseas after having accumulated $25.6 million in foreign receipts over its first two weekends. Sony Pictures reports that the audience was 57% male and 57% over the age of 25.
And 5th place goes to 20th Century Fox’s animated adventure Rio, which held steadily in the same position as last weekend after taking down another $8.0 million. The fifth frame’s results has increased its domestic score to $124.9 million. With another $303.6 million coming in its foreign venues, Fox has a worldwide tally of $428.5 million.
Domestic box office revenues were down just 3% from the same weekend last year while the foreign race experienced a 32% dip. Check out the rest of the top 10 down below.

$34.5 mil
$119.2 mil
$24.4 mil
$24.4 mil
Fast Five
$19.5 mil
$14.5 mil
$14.5 mil
$8.0 mil
$124.9 mil
Jumping the Broom
$7.3 mil
$25.9 mil
Something Borrowed
$7.0 mil
$25.6 mil
Water for Elephants
$4.1 mil
$48.4 mil
Madea’s Big Happy Family
$2.2 mil
$50.2 mil
Soul Surfer
$1.8 mil
$39.2 mil

I’m not placing Priest into this summer box office ladder as it’s not technically a summer tent pole. With only 2,864 theaters showing the film, it has no shot of keeping up with the more mainstream fare. We will certainly have a third film joining this list next weekend though with the launch of Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The fourth Jack Sparrow adventure will be entering over 4,000 theaters across the nation.
Fast Five Numbers:
Budget: $125 mil
Opening: $86.1 mil

Domestic: $168.7 mil
Foreign: $271.7 mil
Worldwide: $440.4 mil
Thor Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $65.7 mil

Domestic: $119.2 mil
Foreign: $225.0 mil
Worldwide: $344.2 mil
Friday, May 20, 2011 Releases:
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (4,000+)
A Beautiful Life
The Lion of Judah
35 and Ticking
The Beaver
Midnight in Paris


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SarcasticCaveman 5/15/2011 1:31:08 PM

 Took the woman to see Bridesmaids this afternoon...really funny, actually.  Congrats to Thor.  It's been a good two weeks, but we got Pirates next week...lord I hope it's better than the last two.

AtreyuPrimus 5/15/2011 1:44:23 PM

if trailers could actually be believed, then I think this will be better than the last two... BUT....

ElBaz13 5/15/2011 2:01:38 PM

Good for Thor but it won't last long. Marvel was smart to star this one early and even 1 week earlier in Europe. But with all of the blockbusters coming out this summer, they will gobble each other's competition. Kind of reminds of a few years ago when Prince Caspian was released. 140 million movie and high expectations. It wasn't all that bad either but was sandwiched between Iron Man and Indiana Jones 4. It was considered a "flop"

I think for a lot of big movies this summer, there will be some that are "flops" but will probably still be good movies. I'm worried about Cap. It follows the last Potter film which we know will probably be the #1 movie of the summer.

Wiseguy 5/15/2011 2:02:24 PM

Busy weekend, saw THOR again, Priest and was strong-armed into Bridesmaids. Hey it can't always be about what I want. That said Bridesmaids was better than I expected. Really funny and touching I thought.

Priest was mediocre, had its moments but making it pg13 took a lot of oomph out oif it IMO

Really happy with Thor's results so far and pretty impressed with Fast Five

If you are to believe any of the early reviews coming out of Cannes then Pirates seems to be a bit of a let down. Of course this is probably one of those films that is immune to what critics say anyway.

Hobbs 5/15/2011 2:07:20 PM

Someone on here said Thor wouldn't make it to 130 mil or something...that was a big wrong.

SarcasticCaveman 5/15/2011 2:12:22 PM

 All ever hear about from Cannes is artsy films, so a negative review from them about Pirates won't put me off it...the previous two films still might though.  I'll wait and see what the reviews and general concensus is.

Wyldstaar 5/15/2011 2:27:09 PM

It looks like a Thor sequel beyond just The Avengers is pretty likely.  By the time it's done in theatres it will be in the $400 million range.  Not too shabby for a character that most of the general public were barely aware of.  There were people at my work who were totally unaware of who Thor was, not comics or Norse mythology.  They still went to see the movie though. 

Wyldstaar 5/15/2011 2:29:54 PM

Canne often has very strange tastes.  You never know what they're going to like.  Clerks II got an eight minute long standing ovation in Cannes.  Not exactly an artsy film.

CaptAmerica04 5/15/2011 2:30:46 PM

 I've seen Thor twice now.  LOVE IT!  I will definitely be getting the DVD ASAP.  Glad to see, also, that Marvel is keeping up with their strong successes and kickin' ass at the box office even with properties that aren't as well known to the mainstream, non-geek masses.  This not only sets a good stage for Avengers and Thor 2, it also, I think, proves that a less-known superhero, if done right and done faithfully to the source material, can more than prosper.  That fact sets a good precedent and good hope for other second tier heroes like Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Ant Man (as long as it isn't played as a comedy!!), and the forthcoming Captain America (I love him, but let's face it, he's not the face of Marvel like Spiderman or Hulk).

I'm also really happy and impressed with Fast Five's performance so far.  I really enjoyed that movie.  Part of me hopes that they take this success and the new, improved formula to make a part 6, but the more rational part of my head says it ended well, just let the series go.  Too bad they didn't treat the other entries in the series with the same heart and plot as this last piece.

JarrodSarafin 5/15/2011 2:51:55 PM

Yeah, I probably wouldn't take Pirates getting panned at Cannes to mean much in terms of box office predictions. As with most summer fare, it's pretty much critic-proof. It's the only new wide release in the run-up to the Memorial Day holiday. It's entering over 4,000 theaters, most of which exist in the 3D ticket range. It's going all the way to the bank for Walt Disney.

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