With two new wide releases this week, and one limited release with a lot of positive critical buzz, it came as no surprise that Thor: Ragnarok continued to dominate the box office with a Number 1 finish for the second week with $57 million (a not unexpected drop of 53.5% from its opening). With a domestic total of $212 million so far, the movie has already topped the first Thor ($181 million) and Thor: The Dark World ($206.3 million) and is currently the 12th highest grossing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Thor: Ragnarok also added another $78 million to its foreign total giving it an overseas tally of $440 million and a global cumulative total of $652 million, also better than the first two Thor movies, placing it tenth worldwide among the MCU films. It also ranks in the worldwide Top Ten for 2017.
But the two new wide releases didn’t do terribly at the box office despite Thor’s might. In second place was the comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2 which brought in $29.6 million despite terrible critical reviews (16% on Rotten Tomatoes). Audiences, however, received the film more warmly, and while it opened with about $8 million less than the original, that film opened closer to Christmas while this one has Thanksgiving and Christmas boost its box office.
The remake of Murder on the Orient Express, which scored 58% with critics on Rotten Tomatoes, pulled up to the box office in third place with $28.6 million, giving it a higher per screen average ($8,585) than Daddy’s Home 2 ($8,294) on about 200 fewer screens. The two films battled for the Number 2 spot all weekend with the all-star murder mystery playing to predominantly older audiences (as expected). Looking at the film’s financial future, The Girl on the Train opened with $24.5 million and earned $75 million domestically while Arrival also opened with $24 million and went on to earn more than $100 million domestically, so it will be interesting to see how word of mouth and the holidays play into this film’s box office future. In international markets, the film has a total of $58.8 million, with a $19 million opening in China. Globally, the $55 million thriller stands at $87.4 million.
Outside the Top Ten, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri opened at Number 26 on four screens with $322,168 — a whopping $80,542 per screen average. Last week’s record breaking Lady Bird, which also opened on four screens, continued its roll expanding to 37 screens, seeing a 229% increase which took it from Number 26 to Number 10 with $1.2 million — an incredible $32,426 per screen average. By comparison, Thor: Ragnarok, playing on 4,080 screens, earned $13,990 on average.
A Bad Moms Christmas may need a Christmas miracle to carry it through the holiday season, this week dropping 32% and slipping two spots to Number 4 in its second week with $11.4 million. Surprisingly, with three films entering the Top Ten, the three Halloween holdovers managed to remain on the chart with Let There Be Light, Only the Brave and Thank You For Your Service getting bumped off.
Thor will face some stiff superhero competition the weekend of November 17 when Justice League hits on more than 4,000 screens. The rest of the Top Ten will also get a little shake up with two family-oriented films, the animated The Star and the Julia Roberts drama Wonder both opening on more than 3,000 screens. Denzel Washington’s Roman J. Israel, Esq. will also see a limited four-screen release.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of November 10.
2. [N] –1– Daddy’s Home 2 – $29,651,193 [NEW]
5.  –3– Jigsaw – $3,424,319 [$34,358,412]
10.  –2– Lady Bird – $1,199,748 [$1,731,828]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo