Thor hammers on box office with a $66 million opening weekend

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"Thor" come into being the summer movie season by smashing the competition at the box workplace with a $66 million gap weekend.

The 3-D action image from Paramount, primarily based on the Marvel comic, was by way the No. 1 movie, in step with Sunday studio estimates.

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth stars because the arrogant god of thunder who’s sent all the way down to Earth as punishment. it absolutely was directed by Kenneth Branagh, best known for creating films primarily based on Shakespeare plays such an epic "Hamlet," and featured a supporting solid that included Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgard.

In second place was a holdover from last week, the car-racing sequel "Fast Five" from Universal photos. It created $32.5 million for a complete of nearly $140 million in only ten days.

Although the gap for "Thor" wasn’t as monumental as those of alternative superhero movies, it still exceeded studio expectations, that were around $55 million. it absolutely was the third-highest gap for a Marvel franchise launch, behind "Spider-Man," that created $115 million in 2002, and "Iron Man," that created $98.6 million in 2008.

Don Harris, Paramount’s govt vice chairman for distribution, thought the film held charm for each men and women; thirty seven p.c of the audience was feminine.

"Chris Hemsworth feels like he is about to be a movie star," Harris said. "Kenneth Branagh created a awfully good movie, and also the concept that the person who’s most closely identified with Shakespeare is creating a Marvel superhero movie, I forever thought was pretty fascinating.

Audiences connected with the Natalie Portman relationship, between her character and Thor. The movie appearance spectacular on the screen. It was fun, and it is a massive, epic movie." box workplace analyst Paul Dergarabedian thought "Thor" had a reasonably respectable gap providing it is a lesser-known comic book title.

"Expectations forever get wildly overblown with superhero movies — a superhero movie has the largest gap weekend of all time: `The Dark Knight,’"

Dergarabedian said of the hit within the Batman franchise. "Expectations are forever extraordinarily high, particularly on the primary weekend in could, that is historically an enormous weekend."

"It could have a solid hold," he added. "Sometimes it isn’t close to gap weekend. generally it’s concerning playability."

The next massive competition for "Thor" comes in 2 weeks, on May 20, with the gap of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," the fourth film within the blockbuster Disney franchise. On Memorial Day weekend come back the sequels "The Hangover half II" from Warner Bros. and "Kung Fu Panda 2" from Paramount.

Opening in a very shut third and fourth place were 2 wedding-themed movies, each of that served as counter-programming to the effects-laden spectacles in theaters.

"Jumping the Broom" from TriStar photos came in third with $13.7 million, over studio expectations, that were around $10 million. Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine star because the mothers of 2 families that clash as they are close to be united in their children’s wedding.

In fourth place was the Warner Bros. romantic drama "Something Borrowed," primarily based on the Emily Giffin best-seller, that created concerning $13.2 million. Ginnifer Goodwin stars as a lawyer who realizes she’s in love with the fiancé of her relief, played by Kate Hudson.

In restricted unharness, Summit Entertainment’s "The Beaver," starring Mel Gibson as a depressed man who communicates through a beaver hand puppet, made $104,000 at twenty two theaters. Directed by and co-starring Jodie Foster, the dramedy marks Gibson’s 1st major role since a series of off-screen rants and scandals tarnished his name. It expands nationwide could twenty.

Estimated price ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, in step with Final figures are released Monday.

1. "Thor," $66 million.
2. "Fast Five," $32.5 million.
3. "Jumping the Broom," $13.7 million.
4. "Something Borrowed," $13.2 million.
5. "Rio," $8.2 million.
6. "Water for Elephants," $5.6 million.
7. "Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family," $3.9 million.
8. "Prom," $2.4 million.
9. "Soul Surfer," $2.1 million.
10. "Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil," $1.9 million.

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