The first weekend of November is typically considered the kickoff to the holiday movie season and Marvel / Disney kicked things off in grand style as Thor: Ragnarok smashed the competition (of course Thor had a little help from Hulk). The third film in the Thor series raked in $122.7 million domestically, making it the seventh largest opening for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, topping the $117 million debut for Spider-Man: Homecoming. The film also earned $35 million more than the last film, Thor: The Dark World, an unusual achievement for a third film in a series but a needed shot in the arm.
Thor: Ragnarok is also now playing virtually worldwide, and in its second week of international release, the movie earned $153.4 million giving it an international gross of $308 million. The movie scored $55.6 million in China, the largest November opening ever, and the same can be said for the $5.2 million in India. The domestic and combined gross for Thor: Ragnarok stands at $431.1 million. This is the 17th film of the MCU, and this week’s total gives the entire franchise a $13 billion global gross.
With Thor: Ragnarok seeing an almost 50/50 split between male and female audiences (Thor: The Dark World skewed 62% male), the counter-programming of the female driven comedy A Bad Moms Christmas landed in the Number 2 spot with just $16.7 million Friday-Sunday, but the movie opened on Wednesday so its five day total stands at $21.2 million, a little more than a million dollars less than the original’s three-day total. The real story for the $28 million comedy will come in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The original opened in July and played theatrically for 13 weeks but with a specific holiday theme, this one may not last quite as long. A Bad Moms Christmas also opened in a handful of foreign markets bringing in $6.6 million for a $27.9 million global gross.
Outside the Top Ten, Rob Reiner’s LBJ biopic opened on just 659 screens and earned $1.1 million, good for Number 14. Last Flag Flying got a very limited release on four screens but earned $40,558, good for Number 47. Its per screen average was $10,140. Thor: Ragnarok opened on 4,080 screens with a per screen average of $30,085. The real winner, however, was Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird which also opened on four screens and earned $364,437 to take the Number 36 spot. That is a $91,109 per screen average, topping the $84,215 The Big Sick earned in its opening weekend.
Back in the Top Ten, last week’s Number 1 film, Jigsaw, dropped a not unexpected 61%, falling two spots to Number 3 with $6.5 million. Still, the $10 million franchise revival has earned $59.3 million globally. Also feeling the effects of the post-Halloween weekend was Boo 2! A Madea Halloween which dropped 55% and fell two spaces to Number 4 with $4.5 million. The $25 million comedy has earned $43.2 million worldwide. Happy Death Day dropped 47% and also fell two spots to Number 6 with $2.7 million, giving the $4.8 million horror-comedy a $52.8 million domestic total. Worldwide the movie has earned $78.4 million.
Geostorm continued to be a cinematic disaster, dropping 46% and moving down to the Number 5 spot with $3.1 million. In three weeks the $120 million disaster movie has earned just $29 million domestically, but its foreign total is a bit more promising with $154.3 million in earnings, giving it a $183.2 million global gross. Suburbicon didn’t last more than a week in the Top Ten, dropping 59% and falling four spots to Number 13 with $1.1 million.
IT exited the Top Ten, taking a big 60% drop from the previous week and falling five spots to Number 15 with just over $1 million. In nine weeks, the $35 million horror flick earned $325.8 million domestically and $677.4 million globally.
Thor: Ragnarok will most likely dominate the box office in its second weekend with the comedy Daddy’s Home 2 and thriller Murder on the Orient Express both opening on more than 3,300 screens. The buzzy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will start its run on four screens.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of November 3.
3.  –2– Jigsaw – $6,558,146 [$28,694,617]
10.  –2– Let there be Light – $1,697,448 [$4,089,804]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. – # – Weeks in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo