"Thor: The Dark World" Tops Weekend Box Office
Thor: The Dark World dominated the weekend box office, bringing in more than $86 million in revenue during its opening weekend in the U.S. The film by the Marvel arm of Disney also led the international box office over the weekend, with more than $94 million internationally, for a total weekend worldwide box office of $180 million. In total, it has eclipsed $327 million in total box office receipts, according to the latest data from Rentrak. Thor: The Dark World notched $109.4 million with its overseas debut last weekend.The table below includes the most recent weekend U.S. box office and total domestic box office.
Thor: The Dark World was the second Marvel feature film starring the hammer-wielding superhero, and the first film collected almost $450 million in total box office receipts, but only $66 million on its opening weekend, according to data from Box Office Mojo. Many have attributed the success of the second film to The Avengers, which featured the Thor character and had total ticket sales of more than $1.5 billion in the box office.
In total over the most recent weekend, Thor: The Dark World, collected almost double the box office receipts of the next four films on the list combined. Thor: The Dark World marks a record for a Disney November opening, topping the $70.5 million The Incredibles earned in 2004. But, come Nov. 22, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire from Lionsgate is predicted to take the No. 1 spot.
Lions Gate Entertainment had a difficult weekend, as Ender's Game, which debuted at No. 1 last weekend with $28 million in box office sales, saw its revenue plummet by 64% as it fell all the way to fifth on the list. Meanwhile Viacom subsidiary Paramount's Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa held onto the second spot in its third week, and has now brought in more than $100 million worldwide.
Last Vegas and Free Birds each debuted last weekend in third and fourth place, respectively, but they switched spots this week as Free Birds narrowly edged out Last Vegas.
As a final note, Gravity, under the Time Warner Warner Brothers' enterprise, placed sixth with $8.4 million in sales in its sixth weekend. In total it has grossed approximately $231 million in the United States and $241 million internationally.
-- Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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